Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
July 14, 2010
Pleasure House Point Property to be Protected as Open Space
This is a VIctory for the Citizens of Virginia Beach
 PHP Property
Lynnhaven River NOW has been strategically involved for several years in efforts to protect the Pleasure House Point property on the Lynnhaven River from incompatible development.  We have always believed that the best use of this property is preservation of its valuable natural assets, providing public access to the river and as an exceptional site for environmental education.  It is a unique property in our highly developed Lynnhaven River watershed.
We are very excited that the property is being purchased with City of Virginia Beach assistance for these purposes---preservation of open space, river access and environmental education.  Wetlands and undeveloped land are vital to water quality in the Lynnhaven River.
Lynnhaven River NOW looks forward to partnering with the City and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation on future environmental education opportunities at Pleasure House Point on the Lynnhaven River.
This is a victory for the citizens of Virginia Beach which we can all celebrate.  We applaud the Mayor and the Vice Mayor for their leadership in this accomplishment.
Rain Barrel Workshop
Saturday, August 14
rain barrel
A rain barrel is an easy way to reduce stormwater run-off from your property and make the water available for irrigating your garden. 
In this workshop you will be constructing a rain barrel that you can take home with you.
Saturday, August 14
8:00-10:00 AM
Lynnhaven River NOW
1608 Pleasure House Point, Ste 108, Va Beach
Cost:  $60 (covers the cost of the barrel and supplies)
Workshop limited to the first 15 people.
To register, contact Laura Baity at or call 757-962-5398. 
This workshop is offered in partnership with Mike's Rain Barrels.
Conservation Landscaping Contest
Sponsored by CCLC
Chesapeake Conservation Landscaping Council is pleased to sponsor the 2010 Conservation Landscaping Contest.  Healthy, beautiful landscapes in the Chesapeake Bay region demonstrate elements of conservation landscaping, and we hope to see many of them documented on centest applications this summer.  Applications, complete contest rules and further information are available on the CCLC website.
This is a chance to show off some of the really good work being done by some of our Lynnhaven River gardeners. 
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.

Congratulations to our New & Renewing Members who Won Tickets to See Jack Johnson

Sue Royster, Mary Picardi, Kathy Shambo, Jim & Ellen Deppe, and Brycleigh Royster  are the lucky new and renewing members sent in their LRNow membership fees between June 14th and 30th, and won tickets to the Jack Johnson concert at the Virginia Beach Amphitheater on Friday, July 16th. Five pairs of tickets were donated by Jack Johnson's All At Once Community organization.  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. We encourage you to check it out at


Please stop by and visit LRNow's booth at the "Village Green", starting at 6:00 p.m. at the concert site July 16th. Visitors who stop at three stations where their "passport" is stamped, will be eligible to win "Best Seat in the House," a chance to watch the concert from the side of the stage!



All donations made to LynnhavenRiverNOW between now and October 15, 2010 with "All At Once" on the memo line will be matched by the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation until we reach a total of $2,500.  Online donations will also be matched. Go to and enter "All At Once" in the notes section of the online donation.

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.  All oyster gardening projects in the Lynnhaven are a partnership among LRNow, Oyster Reefkeepers of Virginia and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.


For more information.


Virginia Beach City Public Schools Recipient of Best Green Organization and Best Green Institutional Project in Virginia

 Virginia Beach City Public Schools took top honors in the categories of Best Green Organization and Best Green Institutional Project during the Virginia Sustainable Building Network's 15th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting on June 29, in Richmond, VA.  These awards, presented annually, recognize "green" businesses, organizations, design firms, and community programs that represent the best "green" projects and programs in Virginia.

"Being recognized by the Virginia Sustainable Network is not only an honor but an affirmation of the commitment made by the school division to incorporate and promote sustainability in every building," said sustainable schools project manager Tim Cole.  "It is gratifying to know Virginia Beach City Public Schools serves as a leader in the area of environmental stewardship in
Virginia and across the nation. This can be attributed to the team effort expended from staff division-wide."