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
CRPA President Dick Brooks ponders how a few hours on the river can remind one what matters most during a time of uncertainty. Get updates on recent Supreme Court proceedings contesting the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Executive Assistant Lynne Griffith gives an update on the status of planned upcoming events and how quickly things have changed in a few short months. Lynne also provides a recap of the virtual Annual Meeting that took place in May. Read some memories and view photos submitted by members. Radford University’s Robert K. Slusser analyzes the effects on stream hydrology by the North American Beaver. We remembermembers of the CRPA community, Bill Hardbarger and Gilbert Ramey, and give thanks to our Lucius Bracey for his years of service to the CRPA. Finally, CRPA prepares for a virtual auction to raise funds for the newly created Bill Hardberger Education Scholarship Fund.
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.