About Friends of the Middle River
» About Friends of the Middle River
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 Outgoing 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.
2017 was a good year for FOMR. We joined the American Canoe Association as a Paddle America Club (PAC) in the spring. As a PAC, we are able to provide insurance for participants in our recreation events on the River. This coverage allowed us to sponsor three Middle River Float Trips as well as our Splash ‘n Dash Canoe/kayak Race.
We also completed our seventh year of benthic monitoring. Our monthly E. coli monitoring in the Upper Middle River area is running smoothly. We have a dedicated access site now at the bridge over Middle River in Verona. And finally, a Film Contest was created for local high school students in 2017.
In 2018, FOMR welcomes Kate Guenther as its first Watershed Administrator. She already has an extensive history of volunteering with FOMR as a Certified Benthic Monitor and as our benthic data recorder. Kate and our new Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dave Mangun, started in January.
Also in 2018, we will again be visible at Earth Day Staunton and at Kites & Critters. Benthic Monitoring will start in April. Join us for a float down Middle River this summer. Get your four person team together now for our annual Middle River Cleanup later 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 2018 the best year yet for FOMR. Since volunteers are the backbone of FOMR’s outreach, please join our corps of volunteers. As always, we need and appreciate your financial support.
Outgoing Chairman, 2018