Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
January 8, 2010

Conservation Lobby Day

Monday, January 18


In a few days, Virginia's General Assembly members will head back to Richmond for a very important legislative session.  We face both challenges and opportunities this year to make our legislators take a lead, ensuring that Virginia has a vibrant and thriving future.
Martin Luther King Day is your day to tell legislators what you expect from them this General Assembly session.  Join Virginia Conservation Network, the Garden Club of Virginia and all the partner organizations including LRNow as we take our conservation priorities to the Capitol on January 18, 2010 beginning at
9:30 AM.
Every year, General Assembly members learn important information about how to do the right thing for the environment from citizens like you.  Join us in Richmond for briefings in the morning on important issues in this year's session and visits with your representatives in the afternoon. 
For more information or to register, go to the Virginia Conservation Network website at . 
EPA Recognition of Lynnhaven
TMDL's at Work
TMDL's are a mechanism for identifying the pollution limits that a body of water can handle without impairing water quality.  We have a TMDL plan for reducing bacteria levels in the Lynnhaven and have, over the past six years successfully lowered bacteria levels in many parts of the river. 
Our efforts have been recognized by the EPA and are highlighted on their website.  Follow this link to view the article:

Handsome FoursomeWinter Wildlife Festival

Saturday, January 30th


Excursions & Workshops - 7:30 AM -7:30 PM

Exhibit Hall - 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM


800 Monmouth Lane, Virginia Beach


Witness winter wildlife all around Virginia Beach, whether its following fascinating bird activity, spectacular whale sightings or the musings of harbor seals near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.  Learn what it takes to properly observe and identify wildlife, while embracing the eco-friendly concept of "leave no trace".  Register for interactive educational sessions as well as engaging excursions!


Opportunities available include a rain barrel workshop led by LRNow and Mike's Rain Barrels. 


Free and open to the public; some excursions require a fee.  Registration required to attend workshops and excursions.


For more information: or 757-385-4461


Full list of sessions and registration form at

See the Movie "Fresh"

Benefits Buy Local Buy Fresh Hampton Roads


"Fresh", a movie that celebrates local food and the people who produce it, will be shown in Norfolk and Virginia Beach to benefit the Hampton Roads chapter of Buy Fresh Buy Local.


"Fresh" will be screened at 6:45 PM, Wednesday, January 20, at St. Patrick Catholic School Auditorium, 1000 Bolling Avenue in Norfolk and at 6:45 PM, Tuesday, February 2, at the Virginia Beach Central Library Auditorium, 4200 Virginia Beach Boulevard in Virginia Beach.


Guest speakers and a question and answer session will follow the movie.


Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door.  For more information, go to or email

"VoiCeS" Course

Offered by Chesapeake Bay Foundation

January 12 - March 2, 2010


This eight week adult education program provides important information on subjects affecting the health of the Chesapeake Bay.  Each class is held on Tuesday evenings, January 12 through March 2, 2010, 6:00-9:00 PM in Norfolk.  This program includes a service requirement of 40 hours on a Bay-related project.  Successful graduates receive CBF's designation as "Chesapeake Stewards". 



Class topics include:  restoration efforts, Bay history and culture, citizen action and advocacy, fisheries and agriculture and the watershed. 


For an application, please contact CBF's Hampton Roads office at 757-622-1964 or