Riverfest 2018

September 15 • A good party for a great cause.

Crabs • Catfish • Barbecue • Boat Rides • Open Bar

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.

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.

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

Now is the time to speak up about Fones Cliffs

Now is the time to speak up about Fones Cliffs

Public comment period for DEQ consent order ends Aug. 9 For more than 10 months, Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) has kept eyes on the illegal land disturbance above Fones Cliffs in Richmond County. Now is the time to speak, said FOR Executive Director Kathy...

Volunteers needed for upcoming River Cleanups

Volunteers needed for upcoming River Cleanups

Friends of the Rappahannock was founded in 1985 as a group of citizens cleaning up trash along the river in Fredericksburg. Since then, we’ve grown to an organization of over 2,000 members and eight full time staff operating across sixteen counties, but we remain true...

Campers to volunteers, FOR grows young river stewards

Campers to volunteers, FOR grows young river stewards

Watching our campers grow over the years is a highlight for our education staff. Every summer we get to forge relationships with kids who attend our camps to learn about the river and have fun. Year after year they come back, and it is amazing to see how they grow and...

Riverfest tickets are on sale now!

Riverfest tickets are on sale now!

28th annual event is FOR's biggest fundraiser of the year Riverfest is returning to the McDaniel property near City Dock, on the river in the heart of downtown Fredericksburg, where it started 28 years ago. There will be the same all-you-can-eat crabs, bbq, beer and...

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Upper Rappahannock has a new dominant fish

Upper Rappahannock has a new dominant fish

Channel cats are the top dog above the fall line   The ecology of the upper Rappahannock River is changing. The good news is, fisheries biologists are not alarmed. The bad news is… well, there really isn’t any bad news. “The upper Rappahannock River remains a very...

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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.