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John W. Warner rapids bill moving along

 The section of the Rappahannock above the former Embrey Dam site is slated to be named for Sen. John Warner, who worked for years to have the dam removed.
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Date published: 9/23/2008

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"He's the reason that dam is gone, and this is really a small way of showing how grateful our organization and community is for what he did," said John Tippett, executive director of Friends of the Rappahannock.

In a July interview in the Richmond publication, Style Weekly, Warner cited the Embrey Dam removal as the proudest achievement in his legislative career.

A former Navy secretary, Warner is serving his 30th year in the Senate. He's retiring after his current term expires at the end of the year.

The American Canoe Association will honor Warner at a dinner Nov. 1 during its annual meeting here. It is preparing a plaque to be embedded in a boulder and placed at the rapids where the dam once stood.

Havens said Warner recognized that the removal of Embrey dam was a milestone.

"If it can be an example for other areas and other legislatorsthat would be great."

American Canoe Association, amer icancanoe.org

Rusty Dennen: 540/374-5431
Email: rdennen@freelancestar.com


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Text to appear on marker along the river:

"Since the mid-19th century, the Rappahannock River had been holding its breath behind a wall of iron, concrete and wood. Through the leadership of U.S. Senator John W. Warner, the Rappahannock River has been allowed to breathe and run free once again. On behalf of the city of Fredericksburg, Friends of the Rappahannock, American Canoe Association, and the community of paddlers, the rapids formed where the Embrey Dam once stood are, now and forever, to be known as John W. Warner Rapids."