About Friends of the Middle River

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Our Mission

FOMR promotes the stewardship and enjoyment of Augusta County’s longest river and its tributaries.

Our Vision

A healthy and clean Middle River thanks to voluntary conservation practices by everyone in the watershed.


Board of Directors
Responsible for making policy and supervising the affairs of the organization

Finance Committee
Responsible for all banking and accounting functions

Marketing & Public Relations
Responsible for communicating with FOMR members and the general public and for maintaining our web site

Development & Membership Committee
Responsible for developing and implementing fund-raising projects, and for growing our membership.

Benthic Monitoring Committee
Responsible for coordinating FOMR’s Benthic Monitoring Program

Education Committee
Responsible for activities at Earth Day, Kites & Critters, and any other educational outreach programs

Friends Fest Committee
Responsible for coordinating our annual barbecue picnic and kayak raffle

Middle River Cleanup Committee
Responsible for coordinating our annual clean-up of the River and some of its tributaries

Water Temperature Monitoring Committee
Responsible for coordinating water temperature monitoring program in Upper Middle River area

Bacteria Monitoring Committee
Responsible for the collection of water samples and analysis of those samples for the presence of E coli bacteria.

We are a non-profit organization of folks concerned about the health and future of the Middle River. We live, work and play on the river, and we care deeply about its future.

 From the Chairman

The Friends of the Middle River was started in 2010 by a group of citizens who had been influenced by a conference in 2009 sponsored by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).  The organizers of FOMR felt that the community of residents who were interested in the welfare of the Middle River needed a collective voice.

Since 2010, FOMR has sponsored activities to heighten awareness of Middle River’s recreation opportunities as well as its water quality challenges. We are active at Earth Day and Kites & Critters in Staunton each spring.  Join us for River activities including clean-ups of sections of Middle River and its tributaries as well as tree planting projects in riparian areas. 

FOMR, in conjunction with its parent organization, Friends of the Shenandoah River (FOSR) provides volunteers who collect water samples to be analyzed at FOSR’s lab at Shenandoah University.  Our Benthic Monitoring program is active throughout the watershed with sampling and data collection at nine different locations in the spring and fall each year.  Our Bacteria Monitoring study of E. coli bacteria at 14 sites in the Upper Middle River area is done on a monthly basis.  The results of both our Benthic and Bacteria Monitoring are published on this website.

In 2017, we will again be visible at Earth Day Staunton and at Kites & Critters.  Benthic Monitoring will start in April.  In March, we will add two additional sites to the 14 already active sites in our monthly E. coli monitoring of the Upper Middle River area.  Get your four person team together now for our annual Middle River Cleanup this summer.   Don’t forget to get your raffle tickets for the new kayak which will be given away at our Friends Fest barbecue picnic!  And, above all, “Get on the River!”

We hope you will join us in helping to make 2017 the best year yet for FOMR.  Since we are all volunteers, we can use your help as a volunteer, and, as always, we appreciate your financial support.  Please consider joining one of our sub-committees.  They are listed just to the right of this letter.

We need your help.  If you would like to volunteer, please contact us at info@friendsofthemiddleriver.org.

Joe McCue

Chairman, 2017