FOR Offices Closed to Public

In an abundance of caution we are closing our offices to outside visitors in an effort to keep our staff safe and healthy. During this time, we will still be holding COVID safe events and are willing to meetings with public outdoors or virtually. Thank you for your understanding.



FOR's Best of 2021 Stories

Our staff got together to tell you about some of the most impactful moments of this past year! Take a look!

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.

Volunteer Litter Clean-Ups

Check out some of our Fall Litter Clean-Ups that are being held across the watershed!


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 2021

General Assembly 2021

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...

Restoring the Tidal Rappahannock: Oysters & Living Shorelines

Restoring the Tidal Rappahannock: Oysters & Living Shorelines

Many of us like to eat oysters, but how many of us know about their value beyond how delicious they are and how our shorelines can be the key to their success?  Oysters are an essential part of keeping our Rappahannock River healthy. A single adult oyster filters on...

Expanding Headwater Education Programming

Expanding Headwater Education Programming

Wow! Friends of the Rappahannock have accomplished so much at our Headwaters office this past year! In 2021, the office gained an Education Manager and a Restoration Technician. If you know anything about FOR you know that we have been active in advocacy and...


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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