About Us


The Cowpasture River may well be Virginia's cleanest river and its crystal clear, cool waters have soothed the souls of residents and visitors alike for centuries.  A favorite place for families, campers, and hikers to explore, fisherfolk to angle, and paddlers to float, the river has inspired many people to maintain its pristine character and health through this organization.

The CRPA is a citizen-formed, volunteer organization and a 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation. A dues-based organization, the CRPA is governed by a 15 member board of directors, elected by the membership.  At present, our strategic objectives include educational and water quality monitoring programs, advocacy, fellowship, and outreach. Learn more about us in the sidebar links.