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.


So You Forgot Your Reusable Bag….

So You Forgot Your Reusable Bag….

SO YOU FORGOT YOUR REUSABLE BAG...  Starting on January 1, the City of Fredericksburg levied a 5-cent tax on each disposable bag sold at all grocery stores, drugstores and convenience stores within the 22401 zip code. This new tax has encouraged many residents to...

How to Help Wetlands Help YOU!

How to Help Wetlands Help YOU!

Why wetlands are important, the history of their degradation and how we are working to restore them in the Rappahannock River watershed and beyond.  Historical unrecognition of the many cultural, economic and personal benefits of wetlands to humans has led to...

Mountain Run Watershed Getting Attention

Mountain Run Watershed Getting Attention

CULPEPER, VA— On Friday January 22, 2021 staff members from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Rappahannock Rapidan Regional Commission (RRRC), Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR), and the Town and County of Culpeper met at multiple sites along...

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As spring comes to the Rappahannock river community, you’re probably hearing a lot about a fish called the shad. You may also be wondering, what is a shad? How do you catch one? Can I eat it?   Here are a few facts about the shad you may not have known.  ...

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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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