Communities Working in Partnership to Conserve and Protect the Lower Appomattox River
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In Memory

Steve Thomas
FOLAR Board Member
A True Friend

I would like to say a few words about a true Hopewell inspiration who has left us for his next volunteer effort. 


Get Involved


Volunteer with cleanups, water quality monitoring, projects, or become a member of FOLAR.  There are many ways to get involved!

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Building the Hopewell Scenic Riverwalk

Plans are underway to raise funds for the Hopewell Scenic Riverwalk
The Hopewell Riverwalk is an exciting new link in FOLAR’s Lower Appomattox River Blueway/Greenway Heritage Trail and is a key part of the City of Hopewell’s Riverfront Plan. It will provide a scenic riverside walkway connecting the existing pier at Hopewell’s City Park to the John Randolph Medical Center. The City of Hopewell pledges - For every $2 raised for the Hopewell Riverwalk, $1 in matching funds will be provided.
FOLAR is leading the community supported fund raising effort and will work to achieve this goal over the next twelve months through a combination of city, foundation, corporate, and individual donations. The Hopewell Riverwalk fund is an exciting venture for the Friends of the Lower Appomattox River. The thoughtful support of everyone who is served by the Appomattox River and surrounding trails, park lands, and wetlands is needed to achieve this goal. 

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WELCOME and THANK YOU to our 2015 Platinum Member supporters:


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We thank our biggest financial contributors in 2014 for their generous support to help make FOLAR's goals a reality for our communities!

  • Appomattox Soil & Water District
  • Columbia Gas of Virginia
  • Dominion Resources, Inc.
  • J.W. Enochs, Inc.
  • RockTenn
  • Rotary Clubs – Chester, Colonial Heights, Hopewell, Petersburg, Petersburg Lunch, Prince George
  • Virginia American Water
  • Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
  • Vulcan Materials Company

Walmart helps with clean-up for RiverFest

FOLAR gets help from more than 30 volunteers from the local Walmart Distribution Center.

Watch this <video> by The Progress Index

Families on spring break help too

RIVERFEST: "A wonderful time."

This article in the Progress-Index tells it all!

FOLAR Board Members 2015

FOLAR is able to deliver on its mission through the strong leadership of its Board of Directors.

The FOLAR Board of Directors consists of 23 appointed and advisory representatives.  Twelve members are representative of the six jurisdictions that FOLAR serves include counties of Chesterfield, Prince George, and Dinwiddie, and the cities of Colonial Heights, Petersburg and Hopewell.  The other members represent industry, citizens and Virginia State University. 


USGS Water Data


Pulling the canoe or kayak out this weekend?  Get Real Time Water Data for the Appomattox River and other local bodies of water with USGS Water Data for the Nation.

View Appomattox Water Data

Sponsor FOLAR

We've accomplished many of our goals over the last few years but could not have done it without the help from our sponsors.  FOLAR is a non-profit organization founded on support and contributions from local and national businesses.

Become a sponsor and help support the Appomattox River.

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