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.

Landslide at Fones Cliffs

FOR visited Fones Cliffs on May 24 to assess a report on excessive erosion

Fones Cliffs Under Scrutiny

“I am deeply disappointed that Virginia True rushed into an un-permitted land disturbance project causing such environmental damage. During the rezoning process Richmond County was repeatedly assured that every precaution would be used to protect the integrity of the cliffs. Unfortunately Virginia True has not lived up to those assurances” -Richmond County Board of Supervisor Bobby Pemberton

River Safety Cam Now Live


FOR now has a live feed of the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg.


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.


Landslide at Fones Cliffs caused by inadequate erosion controls

Landslide at Fones Cliffs caused by inadequate erosion controls

Photo by Harlow Chandler. Note sediment trailing leaving cliff (visible June 5). UPDATE AS OF JUNE 7, 2018 At the State Level Virginia True does not yet have a Virginia Stormwater Management Permit for the clearing they conducted in October and November 2017. They...

Remington river cleanup is a huge success

Remington river cleanup is a huge success

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...

EDITORIAL: Everyone can benefit from soil, water districts

EDITORIAL: Everyone can benefit from soil, water districts

Editorial article from the Green County Record The state’s 47 soil and water conservation districts will use $7.2 million this fiscal year to help Virginians implement conservation practices. The districts began in 1935 when Congress ordered the U.S. Department of...

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Quarterly bird counts indicate river health

Quarterly bird counts indicate river health

Every year, FOR conducts four bird counts during the summer in partnership with Andrew Dolby, Biology Professor at the University of Mary Washington, and his ornithology students. A small team of students paddles down the river from Mott's Run to the I-95 bridge and...

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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.