Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
January 24, 2011

LRNow Office Needs

      In the past, the community has so generously responded to our office furniture needs that we have been able to furnish our office entirely with beautiful donated furnishing.

      We are coming to you again to see if you may be able to help us.  We are in need of a scanner and a 4 drawer filing cabinet for our office.  If you have one to donate, please call our office, 757-962-5398. 


2011 Calendars

Calendars Still Available
    Do you need a new 2011 calendar for your kitchen or your office?  Our beautiful 2011 Lynnhaven River Calendars can be enjoyed everyday of this new year.  You can get yours today by calling our office, 757-962-5398, or emailing us at  
   They are $15 each or $12 each when you order 10 or more.  Friends and family who have moved from the area will especially enjoy the beautiful photographs of the Lynnhaven River and our flora and fauna.  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

Renew or Become a New Member Today

     Start 2011 by renewing your membership, making a donation or becoming a new member.  All donations and memberships are tax deductible and go to work for you right here in Virginia Beach restoring and protecting the Lynnhaven River. 
   To make an online donation go to our website,, click on the button "Donate Now" or "Become a Member" or contact our office for a membership packet, 757-962-5398 or      Thank you for being a member of the Lynnhaven River NOW Team!


Rain Barrel Workshop
January 29th 
Rain BarrelMake your own rain barrel and help reduce stormwater run off.  Excess nutrient run off is our most challenging water quality problem.  High levels of nitrogen and phosphorus are directly related to four of our most important water quality standards: water clarity, dissolved oxygen levels, underwater grasses and bacteria levels.  A rain barrel is one way to reduce the amount of run off entering the river from your property.  Rain barrels also provide homeowners with free non-chlorinated water to provide healthy irrigation to house plants and gardens. 
  You will leave this workshop with a completed rain barrel and simple installation instructions.
     Cost is $65
     Saturday, January 29, 10 am-12 pm
     To register go to  This workshop is being offered as part
          of the Winter Wildlife Festival.
      If you have questions, please call our office, 757-962-5398 or email Helen at
This workshop is offered in parnership with Mike's Rain Barrels and the City of Virginia Beach.
Don't delay, registration will close at 5 pm on Wednesday, January 26th.

Important Legislative Issues
Fertilizer Management

heron on oyster shorelineReducing excess nutrients, nitrogen and phosphorus, in the Lynnhaven is one of our most stubborn challenges.  Eliminating phosphorus from our lawn fertilizer will not be detrimental to the effectiveness of the fertilizer and will make a benefitical contribution to cleaning up our waterways.  Two bills in our state legislature this year will help us with this effort.  Please consider contacting your delegates and senators and asking them to support these bills:  House Bill 2463 and Senate Bill 1055. 


Wetlands Management

The processes currently in place give the local community control of our wetlands through the permitting process.  It is important that the local community continue to have that control.  There are two bills currently being considered that would remove some of that local control.  Please consider contacting your delegates and senators and asking them to oppose these bills: House Bill 1623 and Senate Bill 885.  The House Bill has already been released by Committee and may be come up for a full vote as early as this week, so please act on this quickly.  The Senate Bill will be heard by the Senate Agriculture, Conservation, and Natural Resources Committee on January 31st. 


Contact information for your state delegates and senators is available at

Teacher Training Opportunity

Going Green: An Introduction Model to Involve Students in Community and Educational Projects

March 22, 2011, 4:15 pm - 7:15 pm

Location: First Colonial High School, 1272 Mill Dam Road, Virginia Beach, VA Facilitator: Helen Kuhns, LRNow Education and Outreach Coordinator 

This course is appropriate for elementary and middle school faculty and staff.  In this half day program, we will look at ways of "greening" your school, involving your whole school, identifying partners, easy projects and programs to get started and a look at the successes of a couple of local schools on organizing "Green" projects, such as a River Keepers program.  Limit 25 teachers.  Register through the VB Schools PDP program.  Teachers outside of the VB City Public Schools should contact Helen Kuhns at 

Community Events

Blue Planet Forum, February 16th

"The Gulf Spill: Hitting Home", David M. Kennedy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrator.  This event will be at Nauticus, One Waterside Drive, Norfolk, VA, on Wednesday, February 16th at 7:00 pm, light hors d'oeuvres and cash bar at 6:30.  RSVP is appreciated at or 757-622-1964.  For more information


Native Plant Society, March 13th 

Doug Tallamy, Professor at the University of Deleware, and author of the book "Bringing Nature Home", will speak at Virginia Wesleyan College at 2 pm on Sunday, March 13, 2011.  Tallamy's brings the whole story together, how native plants of any area are important to the bio diversity of that area.  You won't want to miss this important speaker.