Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
November 22, 2010

2011 Calendars
Beautiful 2011 Calendars 

    Our beautiful 2011 Lynnhaven River Calendars will be arriving next week.  You can place your order today by calling our office, 757-962-5398, or emailing us at  
   At $15 each or $12 each when you order 10 or more, they make great gifts for friends, co-workers, neighbors, teachers and friends or family members who have moved from our area.  This year's calendar features beautiful photos of the Lynnhaven River and quotes by local authors from our soon to be released book, The Lynnhaven

Calendar Cover
Teacher Training for Early Childhood Educators
February 17, 2011, 4-8 pm 

This exciting new workshop will provide Early Childhood educators training with Project Learning Tree's new curriculum guide, Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood.  Participants will receive the curriculum guide and a CD, along with hands on experiences and sensory learning opportunities to take back into the classroom.  This curriculum guide has been developed for children ages 3 to 6. 


The workshop will be held at Virginia Beach's Agriculture Building.  Building 14 in the Municipal Center.  There is no fee, but spaces are limited.  Dinner will be provided.


To register, contact Kathleen Hickman, 757-385-8589 or

Community Events


Blue Planet Forum

"Climate Change and the US Navy"

Rear Admiral David Titley, PhD

Thursday, Dec. 2, 6:30 p.m.

Old Dominion University,

Ted Constant Center, Big Blue Room

Please RSVP to 757-683-3116 or online at 

(Event Code: BPF10)


The Chesapeake Bay Foundation will offer a VOICES Course (Volunteers as Chesapeake Stewards) on Wednesday evenings, Jan 19-Mar 9, at Virginia Wesleyan College.  The course fee is $30 for individuals and $50 for couples.  For more information or to register, contact CBF at 757-622-1964 or

Congratulations to Nils Bahringer
Conservationist of the Year 

     On Sunday, Nov 21st, the Back Bay Restoration Foundation announced its selection of Nils Bahringer as the Conservationist of the Year.  The list of Nils Bahringerhis volunteer efforts and accomplishments is impressive indeed.  "With a seemingly unending amount of leadership, knowledge, devotion, and energy, Nils Bahringer has managed to spread his time and effort to more environmentally-worthy projects than most can name," said Todd Barnes in his presentation speech. 
     In addition to being the Chair of the Wetlands Board, key volunteer and Board Member of BBRF and a Master Gardener, Nils is an active member of LNow's Wetlands Committee and our Stewardship and Access Committee and he is one of our phytoplankton monitors and an oyster gardener for many years.
     Congratulations Nils!
Holiday Cooking?Roast Turkey
Thank You For Keeping Fats and Oils Out of our Pipes
    Poured or washed down the drain into the sanitary sewer system, fats, oils and greases cling to pipe walls and build up over time, blocking the flow of wastewater exiting our homes' plumbing.  When blockages occur, raw sewage can overflow into our storm water system and end up in our waterways. 
    Can the Grease---Pour used cooking grease into an enpty, heat safe container like a soup can; freeze and toss it out with the garbage.
    Catch the scraps---Eliminate using the garbage disposal.  Catch food scraps in your sink with a basket or strainer and either compost them or toss them in the trash.
    Scrape the plate---Wipe pots, pans, dishes and cooking utensils with a paper towel to absorb grease before washing.
    Thank you for keeping fats, oils, and greases out of our pipes and helping us protect the Lynnhaven River.

Holiday Shopping
Remember LRNow

      ThinkRain Barrel about Lynnhaven River NOW when you are doing your holiday shopping.  We have many items that will simplify your shopping, make your family and friends happy and support Lynnhaven River NOW. 

     Our rain barrels and composters were very popular at the Fall Plant Sale and make nice gifts for your conservation minded friends and family members.  Rain Barrels ($75) and composters ($125).  One week is needed from the time your order is placed for delivery to our office.

    In addition, LRNow has stainless steel water bottles, hats, oyster knives, fleece vests and long and short sleeved tees that will make great gifts.  We have our classic long sleeved blue tee in all sizes for men and ladies as well as the popular "Oyster Hugger" and "There's a Shucker Born Every Minute" short sleeved tees in men's and ladies' sizes.  A few yellow and navy rain jackets are available in the office and additional sizes can be ordered for Christmas delivery.

    Every stocking should have one of our new LRNow rain guages available for $3 from our office.

    And don't forget our beautiful 2011 calendars.  They make wonderful gifts for your friends, neighbors, teachers and friends and family members who have moved from the area.

Oyster Shell Collection
New Public Drop Off Location
    Saving our oyster and clam shells to be used for reef restoration is a great way that you can help to rebuild the oyster population in the Lynnhaven River.  SOS Poster
    Two locations are available for you to drop off your shells:
     The east parking lot of the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center on General Booth Boulevard and now, in the Bayside area, the public drop off will be in front of the Lynnhaven River NOW office at 1608 Pleasure House Road, Suite 108.
    In addition, I hope you will thank the following restaurants for their participation in our shell collection program:
     CP Shuckers on Pacific Avenue
     CP Shuckers on Shore Drive
     Dockside Restaurant
     Harpoon Larry's
     Lucky Oyster
     Seaside Raw Bar
     Steinhilber's Restaurant
  We will also make arrangements to collect the shells from private events and fundraisers.  Please call us in advance and we can provide baskets for the shells and pick them up after your event.

Happy Thanksgiving