Thanks to funding from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and a partnership with the Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission, Friends of the Rappahannock was able to install another Rainscape Retrofit in Locust Grove, Virginia. Working with seven high school stundets and several volunteers from FOR’s Rappahannock Restore Corps, this project installed a 35 foot long driveway grate secured by concrete, two rain barrels, and a rain garden with Virginia Native Plants. This property is situated adjacent to a creek that empties into the Rapidan River in Orange County, Virginia. The Rapidan River is the largest tributary to the Rappahannock River. Rain barrels and Rain gardens are two forms of best management practices used to capture, treat, and infiltrate stormwater runoff before it enters the nearest stream system. Stormwater carries and collects pollutants that impact the water quality of receiving waters. These include nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus as well as heavy metals, organic compounds, dirt, sedminets and more. By installing Rainscape Retrofits, we are helping to protect water quality and educate our community about the importance of clean water and our watershed as a whole.
For more information about FOR’s Rainscape Retrofit program contact FOR Programs Manager Bryan Hofmann- [email protected]