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

Rappahannock Gets a "Clean and Green" River Cleanup

FREDERICKSBURG, VIRGINIA  On March 12, 2017, the City of Fredericksburg's Clean and Green Commission partnered with Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR),

Rainscaping in Lake of the Woods

Thanks to funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and a partnership with the Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission, Friends of the

A Partner in the Pollution Diet? Oysters May Be Able to Help Reduce Bay Nitrogen Loads

As readers of “River Views” are most likely aware, the Chesapeake Bay has been put on a diet. Specifically, the “pollution diet” aims to restore water quality

Sofia Street Rainscape Retrofit Project

Earlier this month, I was lucky to have Friends of the Rappahannock design and install a custom rain garden in my front yard as a part of their Rainscape Retrofit program funded by a grant through the Dominion Foundation. A rain garden is an amended landscape feature designed to capture and infiltrate stormwater runoff. For this project, we disconnected my downspouts on the front of the house and directed them to the two rain gardens. Thanks to the man power of FOR volunteers known as the Rappahannock Restore Corps, we were able to transform my front yard from dirt fill to green infrastructure. Between the two phases of the project, when only one side of my yard had been completed, we got a torrential downpour that dumped almost 2 inches of rain.

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 reminder to allow “Only Rain Down The Drain.” By installing these medal-lions, community members are reminded that anything and everything which enters storm drains will drain into local streams and eventually the River and Bay.