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 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.

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

Joe McCue
Outgoing Chairman, 2018