The History of FOMR
In 2009, Middle River was dirty with pollution and laden with trash. The River itself and four of its tributaries were listed on the Department of Environmental Quality’s and the Environmental Protection Agency's “Impaired Waters” list. Access to the River by citizens for recreation was limited.
Middle River begins and ends in Augusta County. As a shared resource by City and County residents, the River, which should be a source of pride and recreation, was neither clean nor healthy. Rivers cannot speak for themselves, so FOMR was organized to lead efforts in the community to clean the River and make it appealing to its citizens.