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Scott Shenk writes about the environment.

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More eyes on Rappahannock

Northern Neck waterman Richard Moncure Jr., out on his boat.

As part of an ongoing effort to expand its reach down river, Friends of the Rappahannock has hired Richard Moncure Jr. as the river’s  newest steward. He’ll be the river protection group’s eyes and ears on the tidal portion of the river. A Northern Neck native , waterman,  and former owner of  The Happy Clam restaurant, Moncure lives in Simonsons on Lancaster/Morratico creeks.

John Mitchell, FOR board member,  says in a press release, “We’ve been working upriver for 25 years, but it’s all one river. A free Rappahannock knows no political boundaries, and we’re glad to finally have the resources to expand downstream.”  Moncure’s focus will be the tidal reaches of the Rappahannock, including King George, Caroline, Essex, Richmond, Westmoreland, Middlesex and Lancaster counties. 

His  first project will be launching the organization’s Livable Neighborhood Water Stewardship Project. 

Lee Sillitoe, Fredericksburg’s watershed property manager, was the river’s first steward.  He works on Fredericksburg’s conservation easement acreage upstream, along the Rappahannock and Rapidan.

  See my most recent story  on FOR’s plans for projects aong the lower river. Look for more details on Moncure and what he’ll be doing.