Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
March 17, 2010
Cleanup Group from Potters Road, March 13
River Cleanups
Great Effort Last Saturday

Much thanks to the twenty-five people who came out last Saturday to pitch in and clean up trash along the Lynnhaven at the corner of Potters Road and Lynnhaven Parkway.  These hardy volunteers filled 100 of the big orange bags full of trash.  It took two city trucks on Monday to haul it all away.  Much appreciation to Breeden Corporation for allowing us to use their parking lot as a staging area for the cleanup.  This is a new spot where we have not done cleanups in the past and the amount of trash was pretty over-whelming.  The difference is amazing!  We all appreciate your work!

Next Cleanup
Saturday,  April 3, 9 - Noon

The next cleanup is planned for Saturday, April 3rd, and we are expecting some nice spring weather.  We will be cleaning up behind the Francis Land House at 3131 Virginia Beach Boulevard.  Did you know the LynnhavenRiver was there?  You may discover a new site for a great walk through the marsh and along the river by coming to this cleanup. 

To volunteer, contact Whit Peace at or call our office at 757-962-5398. 


Spring is Coming!

Think about the Lynnhaven and pump out your boat, don't fill your gas tank to the top and use marine approved cleaning products.
Thanks and happy boating!
LRNow's 8th Annual Oyster Roast
Saturday, April 24th, Noon-3 pm
You don't want to miss the 8th Annual LRNow Oyster Roast.  Listen to the bluegrass music as you watch marsh birds take flight along the shores of the beautiful LynnhavenRiver.  Enjoy the freshest Lynnhaven oysters and delicious barbecue while talking with old friends and making some new ones.  There has never been a better time to come out and show your support for a cleaner river.
Buy your tickets today and come and enjoy the great music of More Perfect Jones, savor a bowl of delicious oyster stew, challenge your friends to an oyster shucking competition and toast to a cleaner river with your neighbors.  Who knew that restoring the Lynnhaven could be so much fun? 


Tickets which include all food and beverages are $50 each and can be purchased by calling 757-962-5398 or emailing Laura at  Invitations will be arriving in your homes very soon.  All proceeds from the Oyster Roast support our work to restore and protect the LynnhavenRiver. 



Mark Your Calendar for Two Great Spring LRNow Events
Kayak Tour  from the Narrows, 64th Street, Saturday, May 8th
 Leaving from the beach at the Narrows, 64th Street entrance to FirstLandingState Park, participants will be treated to the beauty of this section of the LynnhavenRiver.  Guides will talk about oyster restoration and we will be able to see an oyster reef as well as a thriving oyster aqua-culture business.  The tour will go into Crystal Lake where participants will learn more about the history of the river and the changes both natural and man-made that have occurred over time.  Kayaks and all needed equipment will be available for rent through Wild River Outfitters.  Registration fees and other information will be available soon.  

This event is co-sponsored by LRNow and Wild River Outfitters.


Bayside History Day Bicycle Tour, Saturday, May 15, 10 am - 2 pm

This event was such a success last year that we are offering it again.  Enjoy a leisurely seven mile bicycle ride and tour four historic spots spanning two hundred years of Virginia Beach's early history.  Learn more about the prominence of the LynnhavenRiver in our history.  The tour group will visit the Pembroke Manor House, the OldDonationChurch, the Ferry Plantation House and the Lynnhaven House.  Views of the river will be enjoyed at Saw Pen Point Park.  Participants supply their own bicycles, helmets are required and lunch and drinks are provided.  Registration is $15 and this is a family friendly event.  To register, contact Karen at 757-962-5398 or  This event is being co-sponsored by LRNow, Tidewater Bicycle Association and Virginia BeachParks and Recreation.

Other Community Events of Interest:
 Virginia Coastal Fly Fishing Expo, Saturday, March 20th, 10 am - 3:30 pm
Get ready for spring at the Virginia Coastal Fly Fishing Expo this Saturday and look for the LynnhavenRiverNOW display.  Held at Norfolk Collegiate LowerSchool, 5429 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk.  For more information go to their website:


Back Bay Music Blast, Saturday, March 27th, 1-5 pm

This benefit for Back Bay Restoration Foundation will be held at Cedar Hall Farms in Pungo.  Five Bands, Beer and Barbecue and lots of fun!  Tickets are $35 and can be purchased ahead or at the event.  For more information call 757-721-7666 or visit their website at


Living Shoreline Conference, Friday, April 9th and Saturday, April 10th

Friday, April 9, 12 - 5:30 pm is for Shoreline Contractors and Project Designers.

Saturday, April 10, 9 am - 12:30 pm is for Property Owners, Local Government, Wetlands Board Members and others.  Both will be held at LongwoodUniversity's Hull Spring Farm in Westmoreland County, VA and are being presented by the Virginia Institute of Marine Science.  Both sessions will include classroom and field sessions with a visit to a Living Shorelines fringe marsh and sill on site. Registration is $15 and includes lunch.

To Register;  Mail check for $15 to LongwoodUniversity's Hull Springs Farm, 645 Hull Springs Farm Road, Montross, VA. 22520.  Registration forms and additional information are available at  Limited enrollment, sign up soon.


Francis Land House Native Plant Sale, 10 am - 4 pm, Saturday, April 10th

 3131 Virginia Beach Boulevard