RESTORATION

A powerful day combining education, restoration, and recreation

  As an FOR educator, one of my main goals is helping students feel confident in the outdoors and empowered to make a positive difference. This past year, we had a day that exemplifies that mission.  We went out to the Rapidan River with 25 ecology students from...

The Name of the Game is Maintenance

The restoration of the Rappahannock River watershed and Chesapeake Bay requires a wide range of infrastructure and restoration projects designed to reduce pollutants like nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediments from entering our local waterways. These projects are often...

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...

Headwater Stream Initiative

Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) and the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC)are pleased to announce a new Headwater Stream Initiative designed to provide FREE technical assistance, project design, materials, and labor for the planting of native trees and shrubs in...

Big Cleanup, Big Success

As the calendar turns and we start the beginning of the fall season, we want to highlight one of our big successes so far, the Big Fall Cleanup. On September 9, we were delighted to have 19 sponsoring organizations and hundreds of community volunteers come together to...

StreamSweepers Tackle the Upper Rappahannock

By: Debbie Manzari Program Manager StreamSweepers Center for Natural Capital StreamSweepers is a job training and employment program restoring people and nature, one river at a time.  Stream Sweepers was hatched after a group of Orange residents got together to...

WATER REPORTER MAP

Post your pics of the Rappahannock River and see community engagement.

Water Reporter empowers everyday citizens to take actions that protect and improve water quality in our community. Members use Water Reporter to organize stream cleanups and lead restoration efforts right in their backyards.

The Name of the Game is Maintenance

The restoration of the Rappahannock River watershed and Chesapeake Bay requires a wide range of infrastructure and restoration projects designed to reduce pollutants like nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediments from entering our local waterways. These projects are often...

read more

Headwater Stream Initiative

Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) and the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC)are pleased to announce a new Headwater Stream Initiative designed to provide FREE technical assistance, project design, materials, and labor for the planting of native trees and shrubs in...

read more

Big Cleanup, Big Success

As the calendar turns and we start the beginning of the fall season, we want to highlight one of our big successes so far, the Big Fall Cleanup. On September 9, we were delighted to have 19 sponsoring organizations and hundreds of community volunteers come together to...

read more

StreamSweepers Tackle the Upper Rappahannock

By: Debbie Manzari Program Manager StreamSweepers Center for Natural Capital StreamSweepers is a job training and employment program restoring people and nature, one river at a time.  Stream Sweepers was hatched after a group of Orange residents got together to...

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Stream restoration project nears completion

By Madison White Franks KILMARNOCK—A major sediment reduction and stream restoration project is coming to a successful end in Kilmarnock this week, according to planning and zoning administrator Marshall Sebra. He indicated there was a problem with erosion, calling...

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Maury Park gets a make over

  Friends of the Rappahannock worked with the City of Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation Department and local student volunteers to do a hefty maintenance project at a park in downtown Fredericksburg. This project was led by Phil Cole, an environmental geology...

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Brook Trout Released in Rappahannock Headwaters

In the fall of 2016, Friends of the Rappahannock kicked off the second year of our Trout in the Classroom (TIC) program thanks to an Environmental Education grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). TIC is a nationwide program run by our partners at Trout...

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How riparian buffers actually improve water quality

FOR's mission is to be the voice and active force for a healthy and scenic Rappahannock River. Our restoration team and dedicated volunteers are in and around streams and river year-round from the Blue Ridge to the Bay, planting tree buffers, sticking live stakes into...

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New Grant Awards to Help Support Restoration Efforts

Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) is pleased to announce the recent award of two new grants to support our restoration program which works to protect and restore the Rappahannock River and its tributaries throughout the 18 county region which makes up the larger...

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Riparian Buffer Restored on the Rappahannock River

One of the largest riparian buffer restoration projects of the year was completed this April and was situated along the main stem of the Rappahannock River in Flint Hill, Virginia. Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR), Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC), Virginia...

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Rose River Student Stream Assessment

Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) teamed up with the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District, Virginia Department of Forestry, Natural Resource Conservation Service, volunteers, and hundreds of local students to spend several days collecting data and learning...

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Why I hate chocolate milk

Any angler who regularly fishes the Rappahannock understands the frustration of waiting out the deluge of muddy water that inevitably follows a big spring rain. Even four or five days after a storm, once the river has returned to normal flow, suspended sediment often...

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RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER WATERSHED WETLAND BOARD CONTACTS

Below is a detailed list of all the wetland board contacts specific to the Rappahannock River Watershed Region. For additional information for projects outside the Rappahannock River Watershed you can visit a guidance page from VIMS here King George County Wetlands...

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Oyster restoration taking off in Carter’s Creek

 In the early months of 2016, Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) received a watershed round-table grant from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for outreach and restoration work throughout the Rappahannock River watershed. One of the primary...

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From streets and lawns, toward our river

Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) has a variety of programs that help enhance community awareness of the condition of the Rappahannock River and the Chesapeake Bay. Recently FOR partnered with localities and neighborhoods to install storm drain medal-lions as a...

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Announcing the “Headwater Stream Initiative”

Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) is pleased to announce a new program in partnership with Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) to provide free technical assistance, project design, materials, and labor for the planting of native trees and shrubs in riparian zones on...

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Community-led cleanup continues in Cat Point Creek

On Feb. 24, an F4 tor-nado ripped across the Rappahannock River, just above the Down-ing Bridge, between Essex County and Richmond County. Communities on both sides of the river are still working to re-cover from the tragedy that destroyed homes while tearing a path...

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