Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
February 4, 2010
Look for LRNow at the Mid-Atlantic Home and Flower Show
February 5 - 7, VB Convention Center
Look for LRNow in the lobby area with the Society Booths.  We will be promoting rain gardens and rain barrels and Lynnhaven-friendly landscaping practices.  The Show is open 10 AM - 9 PM on Friday and Saturday and 10 AM - 5 PM on Sunday.    There are still a few open slots for volunteers.  Please contact Helen at if you are interested in helping.
Beautiful Pictures on the Lynnhaven in our Recent Snow Storm
Cleat in Snow
Photos by Chuck Guthrie
How Can You Help?
2010 Resolutions

Take Responsibility for What Goes in Your Storm Drain-Reduce runoff from your property; most pollutants enter the river through our storm water.


Scoop the Poop and Don't Feed Wildlife


Practice Water-Friendly Lawn Care---Information is available on our website, in our office or at the Home & Flower Show.


Practice Clean Boating---Use marine approved cleaning products, fill your fuel tank to ¾ only, always pump out.


Raise Oysters for Reef Restoration---Watch for information on our workshops this summer.


Create a Buffer or a Rain Garden on Your Property-----Information is available on our website, in our office or at the Home & Flower Show.


Talk to your Neighbors and Your Legislators---Let people know that you care about clean water.


Come to a Meeting, Join a LRNow Committee and Get Involved---Information on all of our Committees is available on our website.


Become a Member and Support this Work with a Contribution---visit our website at or call our office at 757-962-5398.

Dock in Snow
Photo by Chuck Guthrie
2010 Calendar
A Few Are Still Available
In our office and at London Bridge Nursery on S. Great Neck Road
LRNow Public Meeting
Sturgeon in the Lynnhaven?

Come to our next Public Meeting on Thursday, March 4th and find out if there are sturgeon in the Lynnhaven.  Sturgeon are a very interesting fish and our presentation by Chris Hager, a Fisheries Bycatch Specialist with the Virginia Sea Grant Program, will fascinate you.  We will be meeting at Dockside Inn from 8:00-9:30 AM.  Enjoy the great view, a hot cup of coffee, learn about sturgeon in the Lynnhaven and get updates for each of our active committees.


Have You Changed Your Landscaping?
Please Tell Us About It
Landscaping Photo
 Have you installed a buffer garden, reduced your turf area by increasing the area of planted beds, installed a rain garden, reduced or eliminated fertilizer, installed rain barrels, added native plants to your landscape?  All of these landscape improvements reduce the run off from your property and reduce the pollutants entering the river from your yard.  In our spring newsletter, we would like to highlight examples of landscaping changes that our members have made.  If you have made any of these improvements on your property, please contact us so we can include you in our newsletter.  Please contact Karen Forget at or 757-962-5398.  Thank you for all you have done to help restore the LynnhavenRiver.
Have Dinner and Make a Donation
Thursday, Feb 11, 5:00-8:00 pm
Get a taste of your own generosity.  Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser party.  Thursday, February 11th, 5:00-8:00 pm, at the new Chipotle at 2701 N. Mall Drive by Lynnhaven Mall.  100% of your $5.00 donation will benefit the Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation Foundation as well as getting you a burrito, chips & salsa, and soda.


Blue Planet Forum
Tuesday, February 9, 7 PM, Nauticus

The next Blue Planet Forum will address "What Will it Take to Save the Bay?" on Tuesday, February 9th, at 7:00 pm at Nauticus.  Panel members include J. Charles Fox, Senior Advisor to the Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, and William C. Baker, President, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and Dennis Treacy, Vice President, Environmental and Corporate Affairs of Smithfield Foods.  The Forum will be moderated by Cathy Lewis, Public Broadcasting Host of "Hear Say with Cathy Lewis" and "What Matters".  Nauticus is at One Waterside Drive in Norfolk.  Seating is limited.  Please RSVP online at or via email at or by calling the CBF office at 757-622-1964.  The Blue Planet Forum is co-sponsored by NOAA, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, ODU, and Nauticus.

Volunteers Needed
To Grow Underwater Bay Grasses
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) will sponsor workshops to teach citizen volunteers how to grow underwater bay grasses at home for future planting. CBF will provide all necessary instruction and materials; a $40 materials fee will be charged. Later this spring, the grasses will be planted in the James River as part of a larger effort to restore underwater grasses in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Growing underwater grasses is an easy, interesting way to help restore the Chesapeake Bay and is an excellent activity for families, schools, and businesses. Space in the workshop is limited; those interested in participating should register in advance at


 Virginia Beach, VA, February 7, 2010, 10:00am - 12:30
Bay grasses are vital to the health of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.  Underwater grasses oxygenate the water, trap sediments, absorb pollution, and provide food and homes for young fish, crabs, waterfowl, and other wildlife. Only about 25 percent of the Bay's original 200,000-plus acres of underwater grasses remains, however, largely because of water pollution.  Restoration of this vital resource is critical to saving the Bay. Citizens can help by volunteering with CBF to grow underwater grasses and plant them in appropriate areas of Bay rivers.