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
President Dick Brooks shares his reflection on the difference from one year to the next on our river (pandemic excluded) and also shares piece on water quality, and an Update on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Kent Ford III from Colorado shares a boating safety guide. This edition also features some great shots of some of our members. Executive Assistant Lynne Griffith recognizes all of our donors and reflects on this summer’s social distancing river float. She also has information on upcoming field trips. Lastly, learn about the online auction to benefit the Bill Hardbarger 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.