RAINSCAPES PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT: Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) has developed the Rainscape Retrofits program to reduce the amount of unwanted contaminants (mostly nutrients and sediments) and excessive quantities of stormwater reaching the Rappahannock River and tributaries by assisting homeowners with managing runoff on site. The program works to implement a high volume of low-tech, low maintenance residential scale, best management practices to encourage infiltration.
Friends of the Rappahannock and Volunteers installed another Rainscape Retrofit in Lake of the Woods to help protect the Rapidan River. Thanks to funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and a partnership with the Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission, Friends of the Rappahannock was able to install another Rainscape Retrofit in Locust Grove, Virginia.
This project began when FOR was contacted with an opportunity to partner with Grymes Memorial School, a local school in Orange County. Grymes is located adjacent to Laurel Run, less than a mile from the Rapidan River, which is the largest tributary to the Rappahannock River.