Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
June 15, 2010
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Western Branch Kayak Tour
Saturday, July 10th
Join us on the anniversary of the ducking of Grace Sherwood, Virginia's only convicted witch, for a kayak tour of the Western Branch of the Lynnhaven.  We will depart from Steinhilber's Restaurant in Thalia at 9:00 AM and visit the site of the ducking, Ferry Plantation House and other points of historic interest, returning to Steinhilber's at noon.
This trip is being offfered in partnership with Wild River Outfitters and all registration is through WRO.  The cost with rental kayak and all needed equipment is $48.  The cost if you bring your own kayak is $25. 
To register, please call 757-431-8566. 
Two Volunteers Needed

On BroadBay

A group from Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) is working on a joint project with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) looking at fecundity of female blue crabs.  They would like to conduct the experiment in the Lynnhaven, specifically in BroadBay.  The experimental design would be holding about 40 crabs individually in crab pots at 2 different locations.  Staff from VIMS and SERC will come down either weekly or bi-weekly to feed the crabs, note the presence of and measure any sponges, and take egg samples.  They would like to find 2 waterfront homeowners on the south side of BroadBay who would be willing to let them put crab posts off their property, and wouldn't mind their coming through their yards to gain access to the pots for sampling.  This project will run until the fall.


If you are interested in helping VIMS with this research study, please contact Alison Smith.  You can email her at or call her at 804-684-7145 (daytime) or 757-817-0664 (evening).  Thank you for helping with this important project.

 Potters Road Cleanup Group
Whit Peace trying to figure out how to get a wet mattress out of the marsh at Beach Garden Park.  They succeeded!
Community Events
Why Not Wednesdays?
Looking for fresh delicious local produce?  Live Entertainment, Food & Drinks, and a Farmers Market every Wednesday 5-9 pm at Town Center, Sandler Center Outdoor Plaza.  Free and open to the public.
VCN Summer Workshop
Virginia Conservation Network is taking registration for their summer workshop, "Energy Solutions for the 21st Century", in Norfolk on June 22nd.  For more information or to register, visit the VCN website,
Green Drinks
Green Drinks is an informal happy hour held monthly for people who care about the environment.  Green Drinks offers a great way of catching up with people you know and making new contacts.  Green Drinks in Virginia Beach is every 3rd Thursday evening at Croc's on 19th Street.  Summer dates are June 17, July 15 and August 19.  See you there!
Hands Across the Sand
The Sierra Club, Surfrider Foundation and Oceana are sponsoring "HANDS ACROSS THE SAND: Say NO to offshore oil drilling. Say YES to Clean Energy!"
Together we will line up on Saturday, June 26 along the VB oceanfront between 19th and 31st Streets starting at 11 AM.  For more information or to register, visit Or contact Eileen Levandoski at 757-277-8537. 
Win Two Tickets to See Jack Johnson
At the Virginia Beach Ampitheater, July 16

Send in a new or renewal membership between June 14th and June 30th and your name will be placed in a drawing for two lawn tickets to the Jack Johnson concert at the Virginia Beach Amphitheater on Friday, July 16th.  Write "All At Once" in the memo line on your check or in the "notes" for credit card donations on our website to qualify.  Five pairs of tickets that have been donated by Jack Johnson's All At Once Community will be awarded on July 1 and announced on our website. 


Your donation will be doubled. 

In addition, all donations made to LynnhavenRiverNOW between June 14 and October 15 with "All At Once" noted or on the memo line will be matched by the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation until we reach a total of $2,500. 


It doesn't get much better than this.

Respond before June 30th and you will have a chance to win 2 tickets to the concert and have your donation matched.  Respond before October 15th and your donation will be doubled. 


All At Once is an interactive community empowering fans of Jack Johnson to take action toward a healthier community and planet---based on the concept that individual action, multiplied by millions, creates global change.  The All At Once campaign can be experienced both online at or at the Village Green, a focal point of every Jack Johnson concert.  LRNow will be a part of the Village Green at the July 16th concert.  Look for us there!


Thanks to everyone who helped out with the cleanups on Saturday, June 5th, CTBD. 

At our six sites (Beach Garden Park, Birdneck Launch, Hutton Launch, Lynnhaven Boat Ramp, Thalia and Kings Grant) 168 volunteers collected 5,250 pounds of trash.  Pretty impressive work! 
Summer Oyster Workshops
You Can Be An Oyster Gardener---Join the Ranks
Potters Road Cleanup Group

A valuable way that you can help the Lynnhaven is to become an oyster gardener.  No previous gardening experience is needed and it only takes an hour or two a month to make an important contribution to restoring the Lynnhaven oyster.  More information on how you can become an Oyster Gardner is available on our website at  Here are the important dates for this summer. 


New Citizen Oyster Gardener Workshops:

July 21st, 6:00-7:30, Oberndorf Central Library

August 31st, 6:00-7:30, GreatNeckRescueSquadBuilding


To house your oysters, you can build a Taylor Float at one of our workshops

Taylor Float Workshops:

July 15th, 6:00-7:30, LRNow Office, 1608 Pleasure House Road, Suite 108

August 26th, 6:00-7:30, LRNow Office, 1608 Pleasure House Road, Suite 108


If you are already an Oyster Gardener and need to turn in your one year old oysters and get new seed oysters, plan to come to one of the Roundups.

Roundups at the Narrows:

July 24th, 9:00-11:00, FirstLandingState Park, 64th Street Entrance

August 28th, 9:00-11:00, FirstLandingState Park, 64th Street Entrance.


Thank you for your time and commitment to the Lynnhaven through Oyster Gardening.


For more information.

 Summer Workshops for Teachers
All Qualify for PDP Points

Would you like to feel prepared next fall to do more environmental education with your students and have strategies to get them involved with our local environment?  Come to one of LRNow's summer workshops for teachers and you will start the new school year with the information and skills that you need to bring the environment into your classroom whether you are an elementary, middle or high school teacher.  All of our courses are open to public and private school teachers and qualify to meet your PDP point requirements.  Public School teachers can register on the VBCPS PDP website and private school teachers can register by calling our office.  More information including course descriptions, times and dates is available on our website or you can contact Helen at or 757-962-5398.