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
Public comment period for DEQ consent order ends Aug. 9 For more than 10 months, Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) has kept eyes on the illegal land disturbance above Fones Cliffs in Richmond County. Now is the time to speak, said FOR Executive Director Kathy...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
The 2018 General Assembly convened for the first time at 12:00pm on January 10, 2018 with hundreds of bills already pre-filed and awaiting assignment to a committee in either house. Over the course of the next several weeks, members from both the House of Delegates...read more
RICHMOND—A coalition of conservation and recreational fishing organizations today urged support for new legislation that would ensure Virginia avoids the consequences of falling out of compliance with the latest menhaden fishery management plan. On behalf of Gov....read more
Westmoreland joins Richmond and King George counties and adopts fracking ordinance It was the Christmas present Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) wanted most, and the perfect end to a year of river advocacy centered on the fight to protect our watershed from the...read more
Thursday November 9, 2017 marked a big win for the communities of Virginia's Northern Neck as Richmond County became the first municipality to ban fracking in the Rappahannock River Watershed. After several months of research and deliberations, the Richmond County...read more
Protecting the Water We Drink, the Food We Eat, and the Rivers Where We Play from Polluted Runoff: Our Common Agenda
Virginians rely on the Commonwealth’s waterways in a variety of ways, including clean drinking water, seafood production (Virginia is the largest seafood producer on the East Coast and the third largest in the United States), and recreational tourism (the James River...read more
Protect Communities from the Harmful Impacts of Industrial Gas Development and High-Volume Fracking: Our Common Agenda
Introduction Virginia is facing a new era of industrial gas development. In addition to the possibility of drilling for shale gas in new areas of the state, drillers now seek to use high-volume hydraulic fracturing (fracking) with horizontal drilling, a combination...read more
Provide Sufficient Funding for Cost Effective Agricultural Best Management Practices: Our Common Agenda
Introduction Agriculture is Virginia’s largest industry, covering more land area than any other industry in the Commonwealth — approximately 46,000 farms cover 8.2 million acres (32%) of Virginia. Not surprisingly, agriculture is also the largest source of nutrient...read more