Best of 2018

Our favorite stories from across the watershed

Proposed VA Budget Includes Major Funding for Water Quality

Governor’s five-year plan is the largest investment in water quality in the history of the Commonwealth

Fones Cliffs Developer Under Scrutiny

Attorney General files lawsuit against Virginia True Corporation for environmental damages

Rappahannock River Report Card

See the full Middle Rappahannock Report Card! The final grade was determined by grading 11 tributaries on human health, stream ecology, land use, and community engagement.

OUR MISSION

To be the voice and active force for a healthy and scenic Rappahannock River.

Our Vision

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

Growing Trees and Family Traditions in Madison County

Growing Trees and Family Traditions in Madison County

When Paul Goodall walks his farm, he has a lot to remember. As he crosses the hilly pastures, Paul remembers to check his water troughs for overflow, inspect his cattle fence, and monitor the growth of a stand of newly planted trees. On a 600 acre farm, something...

Students connect with their own river community

Students connect with their own river community

Almost four years ago to the day, Lowery and I sat down with Dr. Thomas Taylor, then Superintendent of Middlesex County Public Schools. We had one goal - to pitch a MWEE (Meaningful Watershed Educational Experience) program and include Middlesex County in a large...

Paddle faster, I hear Hazel Run!

Paddle faster, I hear Hazel Run!

On the crisp evening of Nov. 17, 2018, Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) and lovers of music gathered at the historic home of the artist Geri Melchers, Belmont, for a night of music with local band Hazel Run. The event was a benefit concert for FOR and the conclusion...

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Oyster Restoration VIP River Experience

Oyster Restoration VIP River Experience

“If you look closely across the bow you can see we are about to be surrounded by them” said Captain Moncure as he guided the River Steward boat across an oyster reef in Carter’s Creek. My friends and I had signed up to spend a day with Friends of the Rappahannock...

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Riverwatch

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.