Our River, Our Community, Our Choice

Founded in 1988, our mission is to keep the North Fork of the Shenandoah River clean, healthy, and beautiful through advocacy, community action, education and science.


The river is the best teacher. We help people of all ages understand the impact of their actions.  Our efforts include:

  • Working with school classes
  • Summer camps
  • Teacher trainings
  • How-to-workshops
  • Speaking with your club or civic group

Throughout the North Fork and beyond we are involved with multiple efforts and partners conducting water quality monitoring and research. From algae and bacteria, to wildlife and chemicals, Friends is helping sort out the complex influences impacting the river.



As “the Voice of the River,” Friends often speaks up for our watershed and all its inhabitants at the local, state and federal levels. A few of the issues we follow include:

  • Public river access
  • Local land use policy
  • Water withdrawals
  • Discharge permits
  • Biosolids
  • Hydro-fracking

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