ADVOCACY

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

Clean Water Rule Under Threat

Clean Water Rule Under Threat

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...

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Local Impacts from Proposed Federal Budget Cuts

Local Impacts from Proposed Federal Budget Cuts

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...

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Riverfest is a team effort on so many levels

Riverfest is a team effort on so many levels

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...

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Conservation Easements Provide Longterm Property Protection

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...

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