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

Ready Reef Wetlands Restoration

Many river-front property owners are beginning to understand the important role a shoreline plays in the health of a river system. Wetland grasses provide habitat for birds and aquatic creatures, while taking up harmful pollutants that threaten to enter our river’s waters. Marsh sills and rock revetments are hydro-dynamically designed to reduce wave energy and trap harmful sediments that can block out the sunlight for aquatic grasses and smother the critical benthic population struggling to inhabit our river’s bottom.

A Local Pollution Solution

Since the Rainscape Retrofits program first began in November 2011, Friends of the Rappahannock has assisted homeowners in constructing ten projects to help reduce the impact of stormwater runoff on the Rappahannock River. The Rainscape Retrofits program is a cost-sharing partnership between homeowners and FOR staff and volunteers to accomplish that goal. The program has been met with much enthusiasm.