The America’s Most Endangered Rivers® report is one of the best-known and longest lived annual reports in the environmental movement. Every year, grassroots river conservationists team up with American Rivers to use the report to save their local rivers.
Rivers are selected on the following criteria:
- A major decision (that the public can help influence) in the comning year on the proposed action
- The significance of the river to human and natural communities
- The magnitue of the threat to the river and associated communities, especially in light of a changing climate
The Rappahannock is not on this list because it is on of the nation’s “worst” or most polluted rivers, but because it is confronted by critical decisions that will impact its future. Learn more about the Endangered Rivers Report.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
If you live in Westmoreland, Essex, Caroline and King and Queen Counties– appeal to your local government to establish local land use ordinances that provide long term protection of the Rappahannock River and Potomac Aquifer.
If you live in Virginia, appeal to the Virginia House of Delegates and Senate to uphold the Governor’s safeguards and make it known that we cannot tolerate attempts to weaken or remove existing regulations that protect clean drinking water from fracking.
Help Prevent Fracking
Your Voice Does Matter. Join Friends of the Rappahannock and other concerned citizens by making your voice heard on the local and state government level. Help protect our river and water source for generations.
THE RAPPAHANNOCK UNDER THREAT
Fracking is a very real concern for the Rappahannock. There are currently 85,000 acres in five counties leased for oil and gas exploration and hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) along the tidal Rappahannock and many of its tributaries. In the past four years, only one out of the five counties, King George, has passed a land use ordinance designed to protect its environment and natural resources, residents, local economy and infrastructure from the potential negative impacts of fracking.
Four pieces of legislation at the state level were introduced in the beginning of 2017, with the support of the natural gas industry, that would weaken the existing legislation that requires disclosure of fracking chemicals and water quality monitoring. Local partners were successful in defeating the legislation. In order to remove this threat, it is up to the local government to establish protections to guarantee the safety of their citizens’ drinking water, infrastructure, and local economies.
MORE FRACKING INFORMATION