Building natural defenses against natural disasters

Hurricanes and other coastal storms are a fact of life in the coastal South. Over the past few years, nearby states like North Carolina and New Jersey took direct hits from major storms and incurred millions of dollars in flood damage. Luckily, in 2019, no hurricanes...

Students work hard to install a living shoreline

Shoreline projects in the tidal Rappahannock River watershed require quite a bit of coordination. On a recent living shoreline project along Hill’s Creek in Lancaster County, Friends of the Rappahannock and the Northern Neck Technical Center needed the sun, the moon,...

The Name of the Game is Maintenance

The restoration of the Rappahannock River watershed and Chesapeake Bay requires a wide range of infrastructure and restoration projects designed to reduce pollutants like nitrogen, phosphorus, and sediments from entering our local waterways. These projects are often...


Below is a detailed list of all the wetland board contacts specific to the Rappahannock River Watershed Region. For additional information for projects outside the Rappahannock River Watershed you can visit a guidance page from the Virginia Institute of Marine Science...

One of the leading causes of pollution to the Rappahannock River and Chesapeake Bay is sediment from eroding stream banks and shorelines. Living shorelines are the preferred shoreline stabilization method in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


  • We are committed to reducing sediment pollution in the Tidal Rappahannock River by advocating for local, state, and federal funding to support living shoreline and marsh restoration projects.


  • We continue to work with our partners, funders, property owners, regulatory agencies, and local governments to install a series of living shoreline projects as demonstration sites.


  • We have integrated living shoreline principles into our student stream team and other education programs to help educate our local students about coastal ecosystems, shoreline erosion, restoration solutions, and to integrate STEM based field experiences into their curriculum.

Shoreline Assessment

Living Shorelines can help protect your property from dangerous erosion all while improving water quality and aquatic habitat in the Rappahannock River and Chesapeake Bay.

For more information on our Living Shoreline program please contact us at

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