Clean Water Breakfast

Monday, Oct 30

Learn what issues VA legislators must tackle for a healthy Rappahannock River and Chesapeake Bay

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Safety River Cam Now Live

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

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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.


Headwater Stream Initiative

Headwater Stream Initiative

Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) and the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC)are pleased to announce a new Headwater Stream Initiative designed to provide FREE technical assistance, project design, materials, and labor for the planting of native trees and shrubs in...

It’s Always a Good Time at Turtle Time

It’s Always a Good Time at Turtle Time

When I started my internship with Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR), I hoped to have the opportunity to learn and understand more about the different species of turtles in the Rappahannock River. So I worked with Jake Rehm, another FOR intern and a sophomore at James...

Riding the Perfect Wave at Riverfest

Riding the Perfect Wave at Riverfest

When the right formula of underwater rocks and gradient and water flow combine in a whitewater river, a strange thing is created. The water forms a wave, smooth as glass until it’s broken by gently boiling backcurrent. If you’re paying attention, and you drop into it...

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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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