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...
ChesBay Report Card: The Rappahannock’s grade tanked in 2019. Here are four lessons we can learn from this.
The University of Maryland’s newly published 2019 Chesapeake Bay Report Card found that the water quality in the Rappahannock River fell significantly between 2018 and 2019, from a C grade to a D, based on 7 indicators of water quality. It’s hard to sugar coat this....
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...
During this time of stay-at-home orders, we thought everyone might enjoy some brand new coloring pages. Carefully crafted by FOR staff, enjoy coloring seven pages of river plants and animals. Learn about flowers, fish, and birds you can find along the Rappahannock...
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
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