Best of 2022

Learn about some of the amazing things that FOR accomplished this past year! Learn about our internship program, our Upper Water Trail Map, Plastic Bag Tax, Education programs, tree plantings, and so much more! 

NEW BLOG POST: How to Help Wetlands Help You!

Wetlands offer many benefits to humans. In fact, they are probably benefiting you in some way every day!

Historical unrecognition of the many cultural, economic and personal benefits of wetlands to humans has led to widespread wetland destruction. The Nature Conservancy is partnering with Friends of the Rappahannock to accelerate non-tidal, voluntary wetland restoration in the Rappahannock River watershed.

River Safety

Check out our blog post that helps you SAFELY plan and prepare for your next river excursion!

Become a River Friend!

Support the Rappahannock by becoming a Friend of the Rappahannock. Join as a member today to discounts on interpretive trips, gear and support the work FOR does on behalf of the river.


To be the voice and active force for a healthy and scenic Rappahannock River.

Our Vision

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.


General Assembly 2022

General Assembly 2022

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...

Plastic Bag Tax – A Year Later

Plastic Bag Tax – A Year Later

On January 1st, 2022, the City of Fredericksburg rang in the New Year by being one of the first municipalities in Virginia to impose a 5-cent tax on disposable plastic bags distributed at all grocery stores, convenience stores and drugstores in the City.  Friends of...

Investing in Education Across the Watershed

Investing in Education Across the Watershed

Do you remember your “Ah ha!” moment? That moment when you understood your connection to the natural world? That moment when you knew you were going to start the lifelong journey of making sound decisions for the benefit of the environment? That is the goal of our...

Safety on the Rappahannock River

Safety on the Rappahannock River

It’s that time of year when the weather and water starts getting warmer and everyone is itching to get outside! Many of you will even spend times along the Rappahannock or on the Rappahannock in the coming months, so it's important to remember a few key river safety...

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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.

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