RESTORATION

Stream restoration project nears completion

By Madison White Franks KILMARNOCK—A major sediment reduction and stream restoration project is coming to a successful end in Kilmarnock this week, according to planning and zoning administrator Marshall Sebra. He indicated there was a problem with erosion, calling...
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Maury Park gets a make over

  Friends of the Rappahannock worked with the City of Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation Department and local student volunteers to do a hefty maintenance project at a park in downtown Fredericksburg. This project was led by Phil Cole, an environmental geology...
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Brook Trout Released in Rappahannock Headwaters

In the fall of 2016, Friends of the Rappahannock kicked off the second year of our Trout in the Classroom (TIC) program thanks to an Environmental Education grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). TIC is a nationwide program run by our partners at Trout...
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How riparian buffers actually improve water quality

FOR's mission is to be the voice and active force for a healthy and scenic Rappahannock River. Our restoration team and dedicated volunteers are in and around streams and river year-round from the Blue Ridge to the Bay, planting tree buffers, sticking live stakes into...
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New Grant Awards to Help Support Restoration Efforts

Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) is pleased to announce the recent award of two new grants to support our restoration program which works to protect and restore the Rappahannock River and its tributaries throughout the 18 county region which makes up the larger...
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Riparian Buffer Restored on the Rappahannock River

One of the largest riparian buffer restoration projects of the year was completed this April and was situated along the main stem of the Rappahannock River in Flint Hill, Virginia. Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR), Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC), Virginia...
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Stream restoration project nears completion

By Madison White Franks KILMARNOCK—A major sediment reduction and stream restoration project is coming to a successful end in Kilmarnock this week, according to planning and zoning administrator Marshall Sebra. He indicated there was a problem with erosion, calling...

read more

Maury Park gets a make over

  Friends of the Rappahannock worked with the City of Fredericksburg Parks and Recreation Department and local student volunteers to do a hefty maintenance project at a park in downtown Fredericksburg. This project was led by Phil Cole, an environmental geology...

read more

Brook Trout Released in Rappahannock Headwaters

In the fall of 2016, Friends of the Rappahannock kicked off the second year of our Trout in the Classroom (TIC) program thanks to an Environmental Education grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). TIC is a nationwide program run by our partners at Trout...

read more

How riparian buffers actually improve water quality

FOR's mission is to be the voice and active force for a healthy and scenic Rappahannock River. Our restoration team and dedicated volunteers are in and around streams and river year-round from the Blue Ridge to the Bay, planting tree buffers, sticking live stakes into...

read more

New Grant Awards to Help Support Restoration Efforts

Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) is pleased to announce the recent award of two new grants to support our restoration program which works to protect and restore the Rappahannock River and its tributaries throughout the 18 county region which makes up the larger...

read more

Riparian Buffer Restored on the Rappahannock River

One of the largest riparian buffer restoration projects of the year was completed this April and was situated along the main stem of the Rappahannock River in Flint Hill, Virginia. Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR), Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC), Virginia...

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Rose River Student Stream Assessment

Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) teamed up with the Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation District, Virginia Department of Forestry, Natural Resource Conservation Service, volunteers, and hundreds of local students to spend several days collecting data and learning...

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Why I hate chocolate milk

Any angler who regularly fishes the Rappahannock understands the frustration of waiting out the deluge of muddy water that inevitably follows a big spring rain. Even four or five days after a storm, once the river has returned to normal flow, suspended sediment often...

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RAPPAHANNOCK RIVER WATERSHED WETLAND BOARD CONTACTS

Below is a detailed list of all the wetland board contacts specific to the Rappahannock River Watershed Region. For additional information for projects outside the Rappahannock River Watershed you can visit a guidance page from VIMS here King George County Wetlands...

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Oyster restoration taking off in Carter’s Creek

 In the early months of 2016, Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) received a watershed round-table grant from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for outreach and restoration work throughout the Rappahannock River watershed. One of the primary...

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From streets and lawns, toward our river

Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) has a variety of programs that help enhance community awareness of the condition of the Rappahannock River and the Chesapeake Bay. Recently FOR partnered with localities and neighborhoods to install storm drain medal-lions as a...

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Announcing the “Headwater Stream Initiative”

Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) is pleased to announce a new program in partnership with Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) to provide free technical assistance, project design, materials, and labor for the planting of native trees and shrubs in riparian zones on...

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Headwater Stream Initiative

Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) and the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) are pleased to announce a new Headwater Stream Initiative designed to provide FREE technical assistance, project design, materials, and labor for the planting of native trees and shrubs in...

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Community-led cleanup continues in Cat Point Creek

On Feb. 24, an F4 tor-nado ripped across the Rappahannock River, just above the Down-ing Bridge, between Essex County and Richmond County. Communities on both sides of the river are still working to re-cover from the tragedy that destroyed homes while tearing a path...

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Living shoreline prompts request for additional projects

Students from the Chesapeake Bay Governors School (CBGS) Warsaw campus partnered in early May with Friends of the Rappahannock (FOR) staff, and interns from the University of Mary Washington, to build a living shoreline in Richmond County. Over two rainy mornings,...

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HOW-TO GUIDE: CLEANUP

This How-to Guide provides educators with step-by-step instructions for organizing cleanups. Cleanups are very eye opening and helpful for the environment. Trash can be found anywhere throughout the community. Take some time, get some friends together and do a great...

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Restore Corps Rallies around River

2012 was a truly incredible year for the Rappahannock Restore Corps. Volunteers rallied to plant trees, restore streambanks, pick up trash, build rain barrels, and dig rain gardens. The year started with a phenomenal Student Stream Team project. Forty students from...

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Ready Reef Wetlands Restoration

Many river-front property owners are beginning to understand the important role a shoreline plays in the health of a river system. Wetland grasses provide habitat for birds and aquatic creatures, while taking up harmful pollutants that threaten to enter our river’s...

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Planning for a Pollution Solution

The Tidal office kicks off a new restoration program this summer: The Homeowner Oyster Monitoring Initiative, or “HOMI”. This program allows individuals to contribute to river restoration as well as water-quality monitoring. In this project, the Friends of the...

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