Headwater Stream Initiative

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 provide FREE technical assistance, project design, materials, and labor for the planting of native trees and shrubs...
Living shoreline prompts request for additional projects

Living shoreline prompts request for additional projects

Students from the Chesapeake Bay Governors School (CBGS) Warsaw campus partnered in early May with Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) staff, and interns from the University of Mary Washington, to build a living shoreline in Richmond County. Over two rainy mornings,...
HOW-TO GUIDE: CLEANUP

HOW-TO GUIDE: CLEANUP

This How-to Guide provides educators with step-by-step instructions for organizing cleanups. Cleanups are very eye opening and helpful for the environment. Trash can be found anywhere throughout the community. Take some time, get some friends together and do a great...
Be on the lookout for a living fossil

Be on the lookout for a living fossil

   Kayakers, canoers, tubers, fishermen, and other river rats, this April through June be on the lookout for soundings from the Atlantic and Short nose sturgeon during your adventures along the Rappahannock River. A sounding is when a sturgeon jumps out of the...
Earth Day extravaganza returns to Fredericksburg’s Old Mill Park

Earth Day extravaganza returns to Fredericksburg’s Old Mill Park

By Amanda Patterson, FOR Volunteer Fredericksburg’s 13th annual Earth Day celebration will be taking place on Saturday, April 23rd from 11am to 4pm (rain date: April 30th) and you don’t want to miss it! Thanks to Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation and many other...
Be on the lookout for a living fossil

Be on the lookout for a living fossil

Sturgeon2.pngReport soundings and help scientists track the Rappahannock’s link to the Age of Dinosaurs By Taylor McConnell, Biology Intern Kayakers, canoers, tubers, fishermen, and other riverrats, this April through June be on the lookout for soundings from...
Supreme Court Upholds Chesapeake Bay TMDL

Supreme Court Upholds Chesapeake Bay TMDL

Kilmarnock Virginia 2.jpgToday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay. Denying the challenge by the American Farm Bureau Federation and its allies, the decision supports a...
2016 Virginia General Assembly

2016 Virginia General Assembly

State_Capitol_of_the_Commonwealth_of_Virginia_7358972234.jpgThe 2016 General Assembly session has officially begun and all of your legislators are getting busy in Richmond.  Friends of the Rappahannock is working hard to ensure the protection of our River...
Fones Cliffs Development Threatens Rappahannock River

Fones Cliffs Development Threatens Rappahannock River

2014_Summer_Joel.jpgOne of the most important bald eagle habitats on the East Coast is in danger of being turned into a luxury residential community and resort, complete with golf course, lodge, and spa. Fones Cliffs is an idyllic and dramatic spot in Richmond...
Fredericksburg area volunteers get novices hooked on fly fishing

Fredericksburg area volunteers get novices hooked on fly fishing

Ben Raterman photo credit.jpgBY CATHY DYSON/THE FREE LANCE-STAR Only people interested in fly fishing would encourage others to tie one on at 9 in the morning.  There wasn’t any alcohol involved, just golden hooks decorated with various colors of threads and...
Canoe Launch Improves River Access, Reduces Bank Erosion

Canoe Launch Improves River Access, Reduces Bank Erosion

Written by: Chloe Sikora FOR Intern and Student at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Seven volunteers huddled underneath a tarp shielding them from pouring rain. Without complaint, they picked up their shovels and finished digging the last three...
Transmission Line Over the Rappahannock

Transmission Line Over the Rappahannock

beforeAfter.jpgDominion is planning to rebuild and expand approximately two miles of transmission line across the Rappahannock River in Lancaster and Middlesex Counties at the Norris Bridge.  According to representatives from Dominion, the proposed upgraded...
Rainscape Retrofit Program

Rainscape Retrofit Program

photo 4.JPGRAINSCAPES 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...
Student Stream Team Program

Student Stream Team Program

IMG_0888.JPGFriends of the Rappahannock’s Student Stream Team program began in 2007 with a partnership between Stafford County Learn and Serve programs and our education department.  FOR has a long history of implementing successful education programs as...
Rainscaping in Lake of the Woods

Rainscaping in Lake of the Woods

photo 1.JPGThanks 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....
The Confluence

The Confluence

Welcome to the confluence, where the Rapidan and the Rappahannock rivers meet. Due to ongoing private property concerns, the access to the City of Fredericksburg’s watershed property at the Confluence of the Rappahannock and Rapidan River’s is closed and...
Save the Crabs, Then Eat ‘Em

Save the Crabs, Then Eat ‘Em

What is Save the Crabs, Then Eat ‘Em? Why on earth are we talking about saving the crabs just to eat them? Well, take a moment, shut your eyes and think about your favorite memories with blue crabs… For us at Friends of the Rappahannock, we immediately...
Rappahannock River Cleanup

Rappahannock River Cleanup

Geico Action Shot.JPGJoin Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) for a River Cleanup this Spring! Litter comes in all shapes and sizes from mico-plastics we cannot see up to abandoned cars and port-a-johns!  We find tires, shopping carts, bicycles, grills, lawn...
Volunteer at Friends of the Rappahannock

Volunteer at Friends of the Rappahannock

Volunteers are the bedrock of FOR. They are the foundation we rest upon. From Riverfest to planting trees and litter cleanups, from guiding paddle trips down the river to stuffing envelopes in the office, we count on volunteers to help us get the job done.   Who...

River Ambassador – Spanish Language

Are you fluent in Spanish and looking to promote clean water and river safety in the Fredericksburg area? Friends of the Rappahannock is seeking a part time candidate to spearhead our Spanish-language outreach and restoration programs during summer 2021.  Candidates...
Mountain Run Watershed Getting Attention

Mountain Run Watershed Getting Attention

CULPEPER, VA— On Friday January 22, 2021 staff members from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Rappahannock Rapidan Regional Commission (RRRC), Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR), and the Town and County of Culpeper met at multiple sites along...
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...
Mountain Run Initiative: Improving water quality in Culpeper

Mountain Run Initiative: Improving water quality in Culpeper

Throughout 2020, Friends of the Rappahannock held several events focused on Mountain Run, which is part of our larger goals of our Mountain Run Initiative. Mountain Run is a large tributary to the Rappahannock River and runs right through downtown Culpeper. Like most...
Serving each region of the Rappahannock River

Serving each region of the Rappahannock River

This year was a year to remember, but for Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) it will be remembered as a year for growth and expansion. In 2020, we instituted the River Steward program allowing us to increase our ability to advocate, restore and educate across all 2,100...
Rappahannock River Adventures in 2020

Rappahannock River Adventures in 2020

At FOR, we believe the Rappahannock River is a treasure to share so everyone can work to help protect it. In 2020, we continued to work with partners to increase public access to the river. Our staff celebrated new public access sites and shared some of the more...
Community helps clean up litter in 2020

Community helps clean up litter in 2020

This year, people flocked to the river in greater numbers as a way to connect with nature and enjoy time with family and friends. Friends of the Rappahannock organizes river clean ups to reduce the amount of trash harming our streams and wildlife. Most years, we...
Planting trees in 2020

Planting trees in 2020

Working with partners and volunteers, we planted a record number of trees and gave away thousands throughout the Rappahannock River watershed. Trees play a vital role in improving water quality by filtering runoff before it flows into our streams and...