Friends of the Rappahannock works at the local, state, and federal level to ensure the maximum protections for the Rappahannock River.
This includes a wide range of programs, issues, and campaigns that takes us across the watershed and beyond.
-Review and comment of local ordinances, comprehensive plans, general development plans, permits, and more.
-Active presence at the Virginia General Assembly fighting for continued funding for clean water programs, agricultural and stormwater best management practice funding, living shoreline program development, fishery protection, and a variety of other issues.
-Federal advocacy to maintain a strong Chesapeake Bay Program and associated agency funding at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and more. Federal advocacy to protect the Clean Water Act and other federal regulations that impact the Rappahannock River.
-Membership and participation in regional advocacy partnerships with the Virginia Conservation Network (VCN) and Choose Clean Water Coalition (CCWC).
-Annual leader at Virginia Conservation Lobby Day and Bay Day on the Hill.
Click Here for the full 2018 Environmental Policy Briefing Book published by our partners at the Virginia Conservation Network.
Rappahannock Advocacy Blog
INTRODUCTION Agriculture is Virginia’s largest industry by many metrics — economic impact, jobs, and area. There are approximately 46,000 farms covering 8.2 million acres (32%) of Virginia. Agriculture is also the largest source of nutrient and sediment...read more
Supporting a Healthy Menhaden Population to Ensure Viability of Local and Regional Economies: OUR COMMON AGENDA
INTRODUCTION The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) manages Atlantic menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus) along with numerous other coastal migratory species through an Interstate Fisheries Management Program. In November 2017, ASMFC adopted...read more
INTRODUCTION Virginians have always treasured and relied on our waters to provide fresh drinking water, support healthy ecosystems, and sustain our economy — from the productive, historic Chesapeake Bay; its mountain headwaters; and the Clinch and Powell...read more
INTRODUCTION The health of Virginia’s rivers and streams is paramount to a strong economy and environment. The Commonwealth is blessed with natural aquatic wonders such as the James River and the Chesapeake Bay and has a storied history of responsible...read more
INTRODUCTION The eastern brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis) — the official freshwater fish of Virginia — is valued by conservationists and sportsmen alike for its beauty and as an indicator of high water quality. Once widespread, the native brook trout...read more
Rebuilding Virginia’s Oyster Population Through Restoration and Replenishment Efforts: OUR COMMON AGENDA
INTRODUCTION The native oyster (Crassostrea virginica) is one of the Chesapeake Bay’s keystone species and of great ecological, economical, and historical importance in the Commonwealth. Fortunately, during the 2018 legislative session, the Virginia...read more
INTRODUCTION Virginians rely on local waterways in a variety of ways: clean drinking water, seafood production, and recreational tourism. Virginia is the largest seafood producer on the East Coast and the third largest in the United States — this is an...read more
Thank you to all members who submitted comments for the DEQ consent order which ended Aug. 9 SEPTEMBER 16, 2018 UPDATE: Thank you to all of our members who submitted comments to the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) in response to the Consent Order...read more
Friends of the Rappahannock this is your opportunity to speak up about the DEQ Consent Order issued to the Virginia True Corporation. Read more about Fones Cliffs and the violations of State Water Control Law cited in the Consent Order here. The State Water Control...read more
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...read more