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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 Spring 2024 edition of The River Runs is now available online. Click the cover to view the issue. In this edition:

Ø From the President
Ø Proxy Ballot & Annual Meeting
Ø Executive Assistant’s Corner
Ø Meet our Board Member Nominee
Ø Walton Tract Clean-Up
Ø Thank You to Our Donors
Ø Monitoring Update
Ø Education Committee Update
Ø Field Trips
Ø A History of Summer Camps

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.

Latest News

Exploring Karst Topography Field Trip

Exploring Karst Topography Field Trip

Saturday, June 1, 2024 (12:00 noon – 4:00 pm)Led by Bill JonesCost: $10 Meet up with Bill Jones at Windy Cove Church at 12:00 noon where we will caravan together...
2024 Annual Meeting and Dinner

2024 Annual Meeting and Dinner

SAVE THE DATE! SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2024 Join us for good company and excellent food at our Annual Meeting & Dinner 5:00—6:00 pm Social Hour and Raffle6:00—7:00 pm Catered Dinner7:00—8:00...
The River Runs – Winter 2024

The River Runs – Winter 2024

Our Winter 2024 edition of The River Runs is now available online. Click the cover to view the issue. In this edition: Ø From the PresidentØ Executive Assistant’s CornerØ Education...
Fourth Annual CRPA Artist Retreat at Fort Lewis

Fourth Annual CRPA Artist Retreat at Fort Lewis

Find your inspiration along the Cowpasture River at Fort Lewis Lodge & FarmMay 5 – 9, 2024 SOLD OUT The artist retreat is sold out. Artists who wish to be considered...

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