RESTORATION

Another Big Fall Cleanup in the Books!

Everyone was in great spirits as they descended on Old Mill Park on Sunday October 7th for our annual Big Fall Cleanup. We couldn’t have asked for better weather or volunteers. Everyone was excited to do a little hard work and have a good time. Over 230 volunteers...

Big Fall Cleanup 2018 – Now Recruiting Volunteer Crews and Sponsors!

Join Friends of the Rappahannock and the Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce for our annual Big Fall Cleanup on Sunday October 7, 2018. Cleanup crews will be canvassing the Rappahannock and nearby tributaries for tires, bottles, and other litter to keep our waterways...

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...

Protecting our Wildlife and Waterways from Plastic Pollution: OUR COMMON AGENDA

INTRODUCTION The health of Virginia’s rivers and streams is paramount to a strong economy and environment. The Commonwealth is blessed with natural aquatic wonders such as the James River and the Chesapeake Bay and has a storied history of responsible...

Rebuilding Virginia’s Oyster Population Through Restoration and Replenishment Efforts: OUR COMMON AGENDA

  INTRODUCTION The native oyster (Crassostrea virginica) is one of the Chesapeake Bay’s keystone species and of great ecological, economical, and historical importance in the Commonwealth. Fortunately, during the 2018 legislative session, the Virginia...

Meeting Virginia’s Growing Need to Tackle Polluted Runoff: OUR COMMON AGENDA

INTRODUCTION Virginians rely on local waterways in a variety of ways: clean drinking water, seafood production, and recreational tourism. Virginia is the largest seafood producer on the East Coast and the third largest in the United States — this is an...

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.

Another Big Fall Cleanup in the Books!

Everyone was in great spirits as they descended on Old Mill Park on Sunday October 7th for our annual Big Fall Cleanup. We couldn’t have asked for better weather or volunteers. Everyone was excited to do a little hard work and have a good time. Over 230 volunteers...

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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...

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Volunteers needed for upcoming River Cleanups

Friends of the Rappahannock was founded in 1985 as a group of citizens cleaning up trash along the river in Fredericksburg. Since then, we’ve grown to an organization of over 2,000 members and eight full time staff operating across sixteen counties, but we remain true...

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Remington river cleanup is a huge success

Some days the workplace is at the office, and some days you get to spend outside working the field alongside great people. Another Rappahannock River Cleanup was completed on Friday May 25, 2018 thanks to incredible partners and volunteers. Friends and colleagues from...

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Planting and paddling toward a cleaner river

How do you write about a feeling? It's the feeling you get when a well-scripted plan meets a group of hard-working volunteers; when work meets play meets growth; when education meets restoration meets recreation in a symphony of dirty hands, elbow grease, and...

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Students work hard to install a living shoreline

Shoreline projects in the tidal Rappahannock river watershed require quite a bit of coordination. On a recent living shoreline project along Hill’s Creek in Lancaster County, Friends of the Rappahannock and the Northern Neck Technical Center needed the sun, the moon,...

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Headwaters Stream Initiative Spring Preview

At Friends of the Rappahannock, we like to say that restoring a watershed is like cleaning a car. To do it right, you have to start at the top and work your way down. At the top of our watershed is the “headwaters” of the Rappahannock river system, which starts in the...

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Stream restoration is underway in Madison County

After three and a half years of planning, fundraising, design, and permitting we are very excited to announce that one of our largest restoration projects is breaking ground! We are working on a large fish passage and stream restoration project on a tributary to the...

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Volunteers Needed for Spring Restoration Projects!

Every year around the beginning of March, Friends of the Rappahannock begins the final planning for a wide range of restoration projects throughout the Rappahannock River watershed. These projects include everything from a neighborhood trash cleanup on...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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