Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
February 14, 2011

Supplies Needed
Attention Landscapers 

1 gallon plastic pot donations are needed for our Growing Wetlands in the Classroom program.  Teachers will use these pots to grow wetland plants in an outdoor wetbox grow system.  Their plants will later be transplanted in the Lynnhaven River watershed.  Pots can be dropped off at the LRNow office at 1608 Pleasure House Road, Suite 108, Virginia Beach between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday until February 21st.  If you need to leave pots before office hours, leave them by the door.  Please do not drop off over the weekend. 

Save The Date


9th Annual

Oyster Roast 

Sat., April 16th


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. 


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!



Scoop the Poop Stickers
Get One for Your Big Black Trash Can

    Our new, large Scoop the Poop sticker designed for the front of your city garbage can is the latest weapon in the war again dog waste that pollutes the city's waterways.

    LRNow and the Virginia Beach SPCA have designed and printed 10,000 stickers urging dog owners to clean up after their pet.  We hope on garbage day across the city there will be reminders on the big black cans that dog waste belongs in the trash, not in yards, parks, streets and beaches.

    It has been estimated that up to a third of the fecal coliform pollution in the river is due to dog waste.  Rain washes bacteria from the poop into storm drains which then flow into rivers, lakes, the bay and the ocean.

    You can pick up your sticker from our office on Pleasure House Road or come to any LRNow event. 

    Thank you for being a repsonsible pet owner and helping us spread the word.

    Scoop the Poop Sticker

Volunteers Needed
Mid-Atlantic Home and Flower Show, March 4 & 5 
Home    March is on the horizon and it has everyone thinking about spring!  Come and get a taste of spring by volunteering with LRNow at the Mid-Atlantic home and Flower Show.  This year's show will take place on March 4th and 5th from 10 am to 6 pm.  Assistance is needed during those times as well as during set-up on March 3rd at 1 pm and break down March 6th at 6 pm.  Time slots for the show will be available in 2-hour increments.  Volunteers should be comfortable with speaking to booth visitors about Lynnhaven River NOW and watershed issues.  Talking points will be provided.  Please contact Helen Kuhns, or 757-762-5398, to sign up and for specific volunteer shifts.

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.
2nd Annual Sustainable Living Fair
Old Dominion University Webb Center
February 26 & 27
Keynote speakers include Will Allen of Growing Power and from the movie Fresh on Saturday at 3 pm and Tony Geraci, Director of Food and Nutrition for the Baltimore Public School System, at 2 pm on Sunday.  He feeds 83,000 students a day on local produce!  Workshops, vendors and sustainable information is packed into one awesome weekend.  Make your plans to attend -- it's free and ope to the public.