Dirty little secret
On warm summer days when the Rappahannock River runs clear and serene, it may look pristine. But the Friends of the Rappahannock know that’s just an illusion until the next big rain storm comes along. John Tippett, who heads up the river protection group, says sediment running into tributaries after heavy rain is a serious pollution problem. Soon, FOR volunteers will be monitoring area streams flowing into the Rappahannoock and Potomac in an effort to "Get the Dirt Out." See my story in tomorrow’s Free Lance-Star for more on this pilot program in Stafford County.