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Cowpasture River Preservation Association

The Cowpasture River flows through some of western Virginia’s most scenic, rural landscape.  Beginning in Highland County, it flows south through Bath, Alleghany, and Botetourt Counties for over 80 miles.  At Iron Gate, it joins the Jackson River to form the James River.  People who experience the river, whether as residents or visitors, find that its beauty and peace remain with them always.  The Association was formed in 1972 by lovers of the river to try to make sure the Cowpasture remains clean and healthy into the future for all who enjoy it.

How is the River Running?

View current and historical field observations of the Cowpasture and Bullpasture Rivers featuring water temperature, discharge, specific water conductance, peak streamflow, field measurements, field/lab water-quality samples and more.

Cowpasture:  McKinney Hollow/Clifton Forge

Bullpasture:  Williamsville/Bath County

The River Runs Newsletter

Our Fall 2022 edition of The River Runs is now available.

In this edition, CRPA BoardPresident Elizabeth Dudley recaps the summer and Executive Assistant Lynne Griffith shares some upcoming CRPA Events, and Happenings in the Area.

See the award-winning painting from the Bath County Art Show for “Best Cowpasture River or Bullpasture River in any Medium,” painted by one of our Board Members.

Get information about our annual Walton Tract Clean-Up and see highlights from the 2022 Summer Picnic. The fourth installment of our history of the CRPA covers the years of 2002 to 2005 with a focus on Education and Exceptional Waters.

Pipeline Updates

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Updates

The CRPA Board of Directors has conscientiously tracked the progress of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline application before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and before the U. S. Forest Service. The Cowpasture River Preservation Association has contributed to the greater public dialogue in two areas of critical concern – i.e., the erosion of soil, debris and rock in rugged mountainous terrain, and the threats to surface and ground water quality. Both water quality issues devolve from the essence of our corporate charter and represent the vital concerns of our membership who are primarily riparian landowners.

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Order Your CRPA 2023 Calendar Now!

Order Your CRPA 2023 Calendar Now!

The 2023 CRPA calendar is now in stock. Photos and artwork from various CRPA members are featured, and they depict the river during different seasonal times throughout the year. The...

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