Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
October 9, 2009
Come and Help Out---Coffee Provided
WHRV Fund Drive, October 27, 6-10 AM
LRnow will be assisting WHRV's fall fund drive by answering the phones during the Morning Edition and BBC News on Tuesday morning, October 27th, from 6-10 AM. 
Meet us at WHRO across from Old Dominion or carpool from our office on Pleasure House Road.  This is an easy way to get a little exposure for LRNow and our work and help out our local public radio station at the same time.  Coffee is provided!
Heron, Chuck Guthrie
Looking for One More  Site for a Tide Gauge
Thalia Neighborhood
The Virginia Institute of Marine Science is looking for one more site on the Thurston Branch in the Thalia neighborhood where they can attach a tide gauge for a limited period of time.  The ideal location is attached to the end of a pier or dock.  If you are located in that area and are willing to help out, please call Karen at 757-962-5398.  Thank you to those who have already volunteered. 
Oyster Roast Shell Pickup
Call us to get supplies and to schedule pickup
Oyster Roast season is upon us.  If your organization is planning an Oyster Roast fundraiser, please contact LynnhavenRiverNOW before your event to make arrangements for us to pick up the shells.  All shells are cured and used in construction of conservation reefs in the Lynnhaven River.  We can supply small buckets for the tables and baskets for the shells if we are notified in advance.  To schedule your event, call 757-962-5398.  Thank you for supporting this important effort.
Two Volunteer Opportunities
October 15-17
First Landing State Park needs volunteers to help with their Fall Fest on Saturday, October 17th from 2:00-6:00 and 6:00-9:00 PM.  Volunteers are needed to help with crafts, hikes, check-in and a bonfire in the evening.  If you are interested in helping, please contact Pam Kern at
The Conservation Department of the National Aquarium in Baltimore will be doing sand dune habitat restoration at Dam Neck and Little Creek Annex, October 15-17.  Volunteers may participate in one or all restoration days.  Pre-registration is required, and all participants must be US citizens (site is on a Navy base).  To register, contact Holly Hager at the National Aquarium, 410-576-3851 or

New VB Comprehensive Plan
Public Meeting Dates Set
The final draft of the new Comprehensive Plan for the City of Virginia Beach is complete and ready to be reviewed.  Copies are available at all VB Public Libraries and on the City's Web Site at  
Three public meetings will be held to hear your comments on the draft before it is voted on by the Planning Commission and the City Council.  Please come out and let our officials know what you think about the vision for the future of our City outlined in the Comp Plan.
Public Meetings:
Thursday, October 22, 2009, 7:00-9:00 PM
Bayside Recreation Center
Monday, October 26, 2009, 7:00-9:00 PM
Virginia Beach Convention Center
Thursday, October 29, 2009, 7:00-9:00 PM
Creeds Elementary School
In addition, there are two public hearings scheduled to provide opportunities for further comment on the updated Comprehensive Plan.  The Planning Commission Public Hearing is scheduled for Monday, November 9, 2009 at 6:00 PM in the City Council  Chambers.  The City Council Public Hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 6:00 PM in the City Council Chambers and City Council is expected to consider final action and vote to adopt the plan on December 8, 2009 at 6:00 in City Council Chambers.  For further information, please contact the Planning Department at 757-385-4621.  

Grand Opening, New Birdneck Launch
Saturday, November 7, 9:00-Noon
Please join our Grand Opening paddle on Saturday, November 7th, 9:00 to Noon, from our new launch site, the Birdneck Launch.  You can bring your own boat or kayaks will be available for rent through Wild River Outfitters.  These will be onsite rentals; come out and rent your boat that morning.  The cost to rent a kayak, paddle and pfd is $ 20 and a reservation should be made in advance by calling Wild River Outfitters at 757-431-8566 or LRNow at 757-962-5398.
This site is our fourth public launch site on the LynnhavenRiver and allows access to a particularly beautiful part of our headwaters.  To reach the new launch site, turn west on Old Virginia Beach Road from Birdneck Road (501 City Grill is on the corner) and follow it to the end.
See you on November 7th!  You can view a map to the new site on our website.
Seafood Festival Benefits LRNow
Lynnhaven Shellfish Company & Bubba's 
For the third year, Lynnhaven Shellfish Company and Bubba's are hosting a Seafood Festival where a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Lynnhaven River NOW.  The menu will include oysters, other good seafood and barbeque.  Tickets are $35 each and are available at Bubba's Restaurant and Lynnhaven Shellfish Company.  Sunday, October 25th from 2:00-6:00 PM.  Have a great time and help to "restore the legend".

Tour the New Renaissance Academy and Hear the Results of our
2009 State of the River Report 
LRNow Public Meeting, Dec. 3, 7:00-9:00 PM
Be one of the first to hear results of the Lynnhaven River 2009 State of the River Report and tour the new innovative Renaissance Academy building.  Our December Public Meeting will be held in the Schola of the newest public school on Witchduck Road.

This building will surprise you with all of the innovations that make it the most sustainable school in our region---green roof, cistern, gray water system, solar panels.  Get a look at the 2009 State of the River Report and a pre-opening tour of this amazing new building.  Pre-registration is not required; all are welcome.
Three Films of Interest Coming to Naro Theater
Coal Country, October 14, 7:00 PM
A new film that explores the cost of coal mining to Central Appalachia and our environment.
No Impact Man, October 28, 7:30 PM
The story of one man's commitment to eliminate his personal impact on the environment for one year.
End of the Line, November 4, 7:30 PM
British author, Charles Clover, explores the impact of current industrial fishing operations on the viability of marine life in the future.
 kayak and wetland