Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
September 3, 2010
River Cleanups
September 18, 9 - Noon 
 
Mark your calendar now for our next Lynnhaven River clean up on September 18th.  We will have two groups out that day.  One at Hutton Circle Canoe and Kayak Launch and one at Beach Garden Park.  Kayaks or canoes will be needed at Hutton Circle but most of the work at Beach Garden Park will be land based.  Please call our office, 757-962-5398, or contact Whit Peace at whitpeace.river@gmail.com for more information or to register.   Pre-registration is helpful.
 
Community Events
 
11th Annual Community Gardening Festival
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Free Admission, Free Parking, Open to the Public
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Centsible Gardening: How to save money by creating edible landscapes and gifts from the garden; growing plants with multi-season interest; and performing plant propagation.
 
Community Forum: Protecting Our Coasts, Our Businesses, Our Communities 
Virginia Aquarium's IMAX Theater September 14 at 7:00 PM
Sponsored by the Sierra Club 
Business owners from the Gulf Coast will explain how their businesses have been affected by the oil spill catastrophe and how we in Virginia can protect our lucrative coastal economy and treasured environment from the risk of oil spills occurring off our coast.  For more information.
 
E-Cycling at the Aquarium, September 18th 
This is a great opportunity to recycle any unused electronics in your home or office.  For more details, check the Aquarium website.
 
storm drain marker 
Only Rain Down the Drain --
Keeping our Stormwater Free of Pollutants Helps Keep our River Clean

wetlandCitizen Wetland Workshop
Saturday, September 25, 9 AM - 3PM

Do you want to know more about your Lynnhaven River shoreline?  Come to this workshop and learn more about the functions and value of wetlands as well as the regulations that protect our wetlands from development.  This workshop is appropriate for anyone with an interest in our Lynnhaven River shorelines. The day will include both classroom instruction and field activities.  To register, contact LRNow at office@lynnhaven2007.com.  There is no charge and lunch will be provided. 
Clean Water Breakfast
Monday, September 20th, Dockside Restaurant
 
LRNow and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation are hosting a Clean Water Breakfast at Dockside Restaurant (2163 Vista Circle) on Monday, September 20th, 7:30-9:30 AM.  The EPA is preparing to release the first draft of the Bay TMDL (the "pollution diet") and Virginia will soon release the draft of its watershed implementation plan (WIP).
 
Join us as we provide an overview of these actions and discuss what they will mean for our local water quality.  Learn how to get your suggestions incorporated in the state's WIP and ensure it is enforced.  Help protect the Lynnhaven and restore the Chesapeake Bay. 
 
This breakfast is free and open to everyone, but space is limited, so please register now.    You may also register by calling 622-1964. 
City Council Candidates Forum
Mark Your Calendar Now
October 25, 7-9 PM, Cape Henry Collegiate School
 
In November, we will be electing six members of our 11 member City Council.  On October 25th, Lynnhaven River NOW and the Shore Drive Community Coalition are co-sponsoring a Candidates' Forum at Cape Henry Collegiate School's Dreyfus Auditorium from 7:00-9:00 PM.  Joel Rubin will be our emcee and a panel will address questions to the candidates.  You will have an opportunity to submit questions in advance. 
 
If you have a question that you would like to hear our City Council candidates address, please send it to
kforget@lynnhaven2007.comThis will be an excellent opportunity for you to meet the candidates and hear their positions on key issues before the November elections.  You don't want to miss it.
 
Sunset Six 6K Race to Benefit LRNow's Education Programs
October 23, 6 PM, Little Neck
 
Ready, set, mark your calendars.  The "Sunset Six" is Hampton Roads first 6K night run.  Beginning and ending at the Little Neck Swim & Racquet Club, this competitive race, managed by Tidewater Striders, will benefit Lynnhaven River NOW's education programs.  The 6K race course will take runners on a journey through the Middle Plantation neighborhood on the banks of the Lynnhaven River.  The registration fee is $35 and entitles the participant to entry in the race, an event t-shirt, the chance to win door prizes, two free beers at the Race Social afterwards, and the warm, fuzzy feeling of knowing that you are benefiting our education programs. There is space for 350 registered runners.   Register today at
2010 Virginia Environmental Assembly
At Virginia Beach Convention Center, September 17-18
  
 
Learn from others across the state as we gather in September in Virginia Beach to talk about clean energy, healthy waters and green cities.  The Virginia Environmental Essembly is an annual meeting sponsored by the Virginia Conservation Network.  Your local environmental organization, LRNow, is a member of the Virginia Conservation Network and is happy to be one of the co-sponsors of the annual assembly in Virginia Beach in September.  We hope that many of you will sign up to attend.  For more detailed information or to register, please go to the Virginia Conservation Network website at www.vcnva.org.  See you there!