Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
February 25, 2011
River Cleanup
March 5th, 9-Noon 
River Cleanup, WhitOn Sat., March 5th, we will be going back to the area behind the Francis Land House for our annual cleanup of this area of the Lynnhaven River.  Discover this beautiful walkway on the river hidden away behind the Francis Land House and help us keep it free of trash. 
To volunteer to help with this cleanup, please contact Whit Peace at or call our office at 757-962-5398. 
  Mark your calendar now for the next two spring cleanup dates, April 30th and June 4th.   

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. 


shoreline oysters 
Photo by Kevin DuBois

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!


Mid-Atlantic Home and Flower Show
Friday, March 4 - Sunday, March 6   
Home    Come and see us at the Mid-Atlantic Home and Flower Show next weekend at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.  We will be in the lobby area with the other non-profit displays. 
    Show hours are:
Friday, March 4 -- 10 am - 9 pm
Saturday, March 5 -- 10 am - 9 pm
Sunday, March 6 -- 10 am - 6 pm
      If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Helen Kuhns at or 757-962-5398.

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

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

Native Plant Society Presents Doug Tallamy, March 13th 

Doug Tallamy, Professor at the University of Delaware, and author of the book "Bringing Nature Home", will speak at Virginia Wesleyan College in the Boyd Dining Hall at 2 pm on Sunday, March 13, 2011.  Tallamy brings the whole story together, how native plants of any area are important to the biodiversity of that area.  You won't want to miss this important speaker.  Free and open to the pubilc. 
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 open to the public.  For more information on the various workshops, visit their website at
Back Bay Music Blast, March 26th, 1:00-5:00 pm
Live music, dancing, local micro-brewed beers and delicious food at this fundraiser for the Back Bay Restoration Foundation.  Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the BBRF website at or call 757-721-7666. 
Rosemont Strategic Growth Area Community Meeting
Wednesday, March 16 or Thursday, March 17
The City of Virginia Beach is inviting the public to comment on the Rosemont Strategic Growth Area plans at two public meetings:  Wednesday, March 16 at 6 pm at Bow Creek Recreation Center or Thursday, March 17 from 6 -8 pm at Windsor Woods Elementary School.  For more information, contact Debbie Zywna at 757-385-4621 or visit