Riverfest 2018

Riverfest 2018 has been rescheduled for October 20, 2018.

Fones Cliffs Under Scrutiny

FOR and members make their voices heard

Rappahannock River Report Card

See the full Middle Rappahannock Report Card! The final grade was determined by grading 11 tributaries on human health, stream ecology, land use, and community engagement.

River Safety Cam Now Live


FOR now has a live feed of the Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg.


To be the voice and active force for a healthy and scenic Rappahannock River.

Our Vision

A Rappahannock River… that is clean and safe for fish consumption and recreation from its Headwaters to its confluence with the Chesapeake.
A Rappahannock River… that supports a healthy and diverse aquatic ecosystem, with submerged grasses, oysters, crabs and other species returned to their historic levels and productivity.
A Rappahannock River Watershed… where land use and runoff is managed to protect and enhance our riparian habitats, downstream waters, scenic viewsheds and historical resources.
A Rappahannock River Community… where the citizens and local governments are educated about river stewardship, where they take a sense of personal stewardship over the river resource, and where they take action in their own backyards and communities to protect it.


FOR interns help with oyster restoration

FOR interns help with oyster restoration

I am a rising senior at the University of Mary Washington and I'm majoring in biology. I started working with Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) this summer because I’ve always had an interest in wildlife and the environment and a passion for conserving it. This summer...

MWEE Program Gains Strength in 2018

MWEE Program Gains Strength in 2018

It’s official! Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR), in partnership with Caroline County Public Schools (CCPS), Spotsylvania County Public Schools (SCPS), Tri-County City Soil and Water Conservation District, Virginia Cooperative Extension and Lake Anna State Park, were...

FOR volunteers support Fredericksburg bike & hike

FOR volunteers support Fredericksburg bike & hike

Global warming, renewable energy top “Day of Action” agenda The first wave was mobile, riding bikes and scooters in the rain, and sporting colorful signs that proclaimed, “Friendly Reminder: THIS IS THE ONLY HOME WE HAVE. Let’s stop destroying our planet.” One...

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Upper Rappahannock has a new dominant fish

Upper Rappahannock has a new dominant fish

Channel cats are the top dog above the fall line   The ecology of the upper Rappahannock River is changing. The good news is, fisheries biologists are not alarmed. The bad news is… well, there really isn’t any bad news. “The upper Rappahannock River remains a very...

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Our Riverwatch map provides geographic data on the Rappahannock and helps you understand how FOR is helping keep our river healthy.

Impaired Rappahannock River Waterways

Learn more about how your local waterways are doing in pollutant reduction.