The Rappahannock River begins its over 180 mile journey at Chester Gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains, draining 2,715 square miles of land to the Chesapeake Bay. The main issues facing the river are sediment loads and excess nutrients. Together, they have created a river that has the largest amount of “dead zones”, an are where nothing can live, in all of the rivers in Virginia.


FOR created the Healthy Rivers Start at Home booklet to connect the river’s health with actions we all take at home. As an educator, this booklet can be used to create student action and a better understand of watershed health. Feel free to use this notebook with your children and let us know how it goes! If you have any questions or would like more information, contact [email protected].

For the River!

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