ADVOCACY

Friends of the Rappahannock works at the local, state, and federal level to ensure the maximum protections for the Rappahannock River.

This includes a wide range of programs, issues, and campaigns that takes us across the watershed and beyond.


  • Review and comment of local ordinances, comprehensive plans, general development plans, permits, and more.

  • Active presence at the Virginia General Assembly fighting for continued funding for clean water programs, agricultural and  stormwater best management practice funding, living shoreline program development, fishery protection, and a variety of other  issues.

  • Federal advocacy to maintain a strong Chesapeake Bay Program and associated agency funding at the Environmental Protection  Agency (EPA), Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), National Park Service,  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and more. Federal advocacy to protect the Clean Water Act and other federal regulations  that impact the Rappahannock River.

  • Membership and participation in regional advocacy partnerships with the Virginia Conservation Network (VCN) and Choose Clean Water Coalition (CCWC).

  • Annual leader at Virginia Conservation Lobby Day and Bay Day on the Hill.

Click Here for the full 2018 Environmental Policy Briefing Book published by our partners at the Virginia Conservation Network.

 

Rappahannock Advocacy Blog

General Assembly 2021

General Assembly 2021

Join us as a strong voice for the Rappahannock River at the state level. The 2021 General Assembly session starts January 13th. We are prioritizing these issues and will regularly update this page. We will include info on bill progress and how you can make a...

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General Assembly 2021

Fracking Ban Passes General Assembly

The Virginia General Assembly banned hydraulic fracturing, commonly called fracking, in the eastern part of the state. This legislation received extensive support and now protects the communities and natural resources of the lower Rappahannock River region from water...

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General Assembly 2020

General Assembly 2020

Join us as a strong voice for the Rappahannock River at the state level.  The 2020 General Assembly session starts January 8th. We are prioritizing these issues and will regularly update this page. We will include info on bill progress and how you can make...

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Lame-duck Congress must protect farms, waterways

Lame-duck Congress must protect farms, waterways

The final two months of this lame-duck Congress needs to focus on protecting our nation’s farms. Friends of the Rappahannock and countless partners are asking our legislators to get numerous pieces of legislation passed, including a new farm bill. The Agriculture...

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