To be the voice and active force for a healthy and scenic Rappahannock River.
A Rappahannock River… that is clean and safe for fish consumption and recreation from its Headwaters to its confluence with the Chesapeake.
A Rappahannock River… that supports a healthy and diverse aquatic ecosystem, with submerged grasses, oysters, crabs and other species returned to their historic levels and productivity.
A Rappahannock River Watershed… where land use and runoff is managed to protect and enhance our riparian habitats, downstream waters, scenic viewsheds and historical resources.
A Rappahannock River Community… where the citizens and local governments are educated about river stewardship, where they take a sense of personal stewardship over the river resource, and where they take action in their own backyards and communities to protect it.
WHAT WE DO
On Tuesday, May 22, Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) was alerted by a local waterman of a landslide directly below 13-plus acres of land illegally disturbed by Virginia True, the developer of a project at Fones Cliffs in Richmond County, Va. Within 48 hours, FOR...
Some days the workplace is at the office, and some days you get to spend outside working the field alongside great people. Another Rappahannock River Cleanup was completed on Friday May 25, 2018 thanks to incredible partners and volunteers. Friends and colleagues from...
The Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) Education Department introduces our environmental STEM lessons to students via Design Briefs, which allow great flexibility in teaching concepts in environmental science and conservation to a wide variety of students. Design...
Richmond County Responds to Recent Picture of Cliffside Erosion at Proposed Virginia True Development
Richmond County officials have seen the recent picture of apparent erosion, from the most recent heavy rain event, along the banks of the Rappahannock River at the proposed site of the Virginia True Development, and are extremely discouraged by the lack of activity...read more
This February marks the 14th anniversary of the removal of the Embrey Dam, an act which turned the Rappahannock River into the longest free-flowing river in the eastern U.S. The 22-foot-tall dam's removal in 2004 transformed the ecology and the landscape of the...read more
Our Riverwatch map provides geographic data on the Rappahannock and helps you understand how FOR is helping keep our river healthy.
Impaired Rappahannock River Waterways
Learn more about how your local waterways are doing in pollutant reduction.