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.
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 initiatives outlined in this grant is water quality in Carter’s Creek.
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.