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.
Rappahannock Advocacy Blog
Fracking is causing invasion of harmful non-native plants in Pennsylvania forests, PSU researchers say
This article is courtesy of "Lancaster Online" and was written by Staff Writer Ad Crable. Invasive, non-native plant species are “rapidly invading” northern forests in Pennsylvania because of fracking in the Marcellus shale basin, a group of Penn State...read more
Last May, Senator John Warner (center) joined Congressman Rob Wittman, USFWS Director Dan Ashe, Essex County Countryside Alliance Director Peter Bance, Chesapeake Conservancy's Joel Dunne and Joe McCauley, Rappahannock River Wildlife Manager Andy Hoffman to discuss...read more
Clean Water Rule Under Threat The Federal Government is threatening to repeal the Clean Water Rule and the protections to essential wetlands and small streams. The EPA comment period is open until August 28, 2017 and we need your help telling them to NOT repeal the...read more
Direct and Indirect Impacts to the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck Coastal Areas VIEW THE PROPOSED BUDGET CUTS AND THE DIRECT IMPACT HERE. Economic Development Administration ($221 million): This program funds the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS...read more
This morning, April 12, Bryan Hofmann and Woodie Walker from Friends of the Rappahannock sat down with Ted Schubel on his morning show Town Talk. The Rappahannock is currently No 5 on the Most Endangered Rivers list released by American Rivers due to the fracking...read more
On March 16, 2017 the Trump administration released their budget for Fiscal Year 2018, which recommends that the entire $73 million budget for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Chesapeake Bay Program be eliminated and shutdown. This would stop the cleanup of the...read more
For 26 years, Riverfest has been an opportunity for supporters of Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) to come together for a day of celebration. It is a day for folks who love the Rappahannock River to share and enjoy the bounty and wealth of the river, catch up with...read more
A special type of natural gas drilling called Horizontal Hydraulic Fracturing and better known as “Fracking, is known to have a myriad of impacts on communities, infrastructure, and the natural environment. In 2013 gas companies began leasing land in the tidewater...read more
The Rappahannock River watershed has undergone extreme changes since the advent of modern transportation and indus-try, particularly since the 1930s. The impacts to the river have been many, and the way people use it as a resource has changed. Many people still living...read more
By Richmond McDaniel, former FOR board member Conservation easements are a tool that can be beneficial to landowners. Placing a conservation easement on a property restricts the future development of the property in perpetuity, and provides the landowner tax savings...read more