Cowpasture River Preservation Association
The Cowpasture River Preservation Association (CRPA) was organized in 1972. It originated from a group of advocates for the river who felt that there were impending threats from large governmental and corporate development projects either underway or planned for the local region at that time. Today it is formally incorporated and a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Over the years, the mission of protecting the river has remained the same, but its objectives have grown from one primarily of advocacy to, at present, encompassing educational and water quality monitoring programs as well as outreach activities. All are designed to inform the public about best practices in good watershed stewardship. The CRPA partners with agencies and other nonprofits toward mutual goals of watershed conservation. The organization is made up entirely of volunteers with the exception of one paid staff member. The CRPA includes over 300 members who work to keep the river clean, pristine, healthy, and brimming with flora and fauna. Governance is provided by a 15-member Board of Directors, from Highland, Bath, and Alleghany Counties. Anyone with a love of and/or concern for the river is welcome to join the membership.