Riverfest this Saturday

September 16 | 4 -8 pm

Tickets to this good party for a great cause are now SOLD OUT.

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Safety River Cam Now Live

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

Watch the Cam

Clean Water Rule

The federal government is trying to repeal the Clean Water Rule which protects headwater streams and important wetlands essential to a healthy Rappahannock River.

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Most Endangered River


American Rivers listed the Rappahannock River as Number 5 on their Most Endangered Rivers List. Fracking is a serious threat to our river. Be a voice and help protect our river.

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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.


Stream restoration project nears completion

Stream restoration project nears completion

By Madison White Franks KILMARNOCK—A major sediment reduction and stream restoration project is coming to a successful end in Kilmarnock this week, according to planning and zoning administrator Marshall Sebra. He indicated there was a problem with erosion, calling...

Professional Development in Middlesex

Professional Development in Middlesex

The floors were being waxed, boxes of new books were being delivered and there were no sounds of pitter-pattering in the hallways. However, nine teachers joined Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) to learn more about Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEE)...

Volunteering at FOR gives a sense of accomplishment

Volunteering at FOR gives a sense of accomplishment

Why did I decide to volunteer with Friends of the Rappahannock? The short answer is, because my mother told me to. FOR was the perfect volunteer opportunity for me. It was nearby, focused on water, and most importantly, it was a volunteer thing which would look good...

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Box turtles are fun, fascinating, and need protection.

Box turtles are fun, fascinating, and need protection.

Interesting Facts: Turtles have existed for around 215 million years. Many turtle species are also endangered. Woodland box turtles get their name from their shell, which has a hinge enabling it to close completely, protecting them from predators. For box turtles, the...

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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.

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