River Report Card
June 11, 2018
Do our waterways make the grade? Are all of our local rivers and streams safe to swim and fish in? Friends of the Rappahannock is educating and inspiring our community with detailed information about fish and wildlife, pollution, public access and more through their new Middle Rappahannock River Report Card.
On June 11, 12 and 13, 2018, Friends of the Rappahannock unveiled their River Report Card for the first time at Brew Tour presentations at three local breweries. The Report Card gathers results from detailed assessment and scoring of 11 local creeks and streams in the region. All were evaluated based on water quality, safety, public access opportunities, and other metrics for healthy watersheds. Friends of the Rappahannock staff were available at the Brew Tour events to share all the ways communities and individuals can get involved and help protect and restore their local waterways.
While many nearby creeks and streams are doing well, others have serious watershed health issues. Ultimately, the Middle Rappahannock River scored a C grade. Friends of the Rappahannock hopes to inspire, inform and empower citizens to take action and improve the overall score over time.
In March 2017, The Community Foundation's Board of Governors voted unanimously to award their first Visionary Grant in the category of Environment to Friends of the Rappahannock to create a River Report Card – an information and awareness tool they hoped would deliver highly accessible local data about the state of the Rappahannock River. The foundation’s review committee selected Friends of the Rappahannock because their River Report Card has the potential to influence the quality of life in our region in the near future and for generations to come. The nonprofit’s staff demonstrates excellent expertise in their field. The project will involve a number of agencies and stakeholders. Friends of the Rappahannock is equipped to support citizens who wish to take action for clean water.