To be the voice and active force for a healthy and scenic Rappahannock River.
A Rappahannock River… that is clean and safe for fish consumption and recreation from its Headwaters to its confluence with the Chesapeake.
A Rappahannock River… that supports a healthy and diverse aquatic ecosystem, with submerged grasses, oysters, crabs and other species returned to their historic levels and productivity.
A Rappahannock River Watershed… where land use and runoff is managed to protect and enhance our riparian habitats, downstream waters, scenic viewsheds and historical resources.
A Rappahannock River Community… where the citizens and local governments are educated about river stewardship, where they take a sense of personal stewardship over the river resource, and where they take action in their own backyards and communities to protect it.
WHAT WE DO
Friends of the Rappahannock advocates for funding to assist localities affected by recurrent flooding
Areas along the Rappahannock River and its tributaries are realizing higher frequencies of recurrent flooding as sea levels rise and shorelines are inundated from higher tides on bluebird days. Flooding causes an average of $13 million in damage every year in...
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...
We love it when education happens outside the classroom. This week, 115 students from Richmond County Middle School established roots in environmental education by planting trees. The students and faculty worked with Brent Hunsinger, Friends of the Rappahannock’s...
As River Steward for the city of Fredericksburg and Stafford County, I am proud to do my part to carry on FOR's legacy as a fierce advocate for the Rappahannock River. That includes every stream, wetland and pond in the river system, as well as the lands that drain...
FOR's Spanish language program focuses on river safety and conservation Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) believes the Rappahannock River is a treasure to be enjoyed by everyone and we support inclusive public access. In our support of public access, we have created...
Our Riverwatch map provides geographic data on the Rappahannock and helps you understand how FOR is helping keep our river healthy.
Impaired Rappahannock River Waterways
Learn more about how your local waterways are doing in pollutant reduction.