Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
March 10, 2011

Save The Date


9th Annual

Oyster Roast 

Sat., April 16th


Tickets go on sale next week, March 14th.


Oyster Roast 
Photo by Kevin DuBois
Poachers Nabbed
Narrows, First Landing 
One of our alert members recently observed two men taking oysters from the conservation reef in Broad Bay close to the First Landing State Park boat ramp.  He took photos of the two men and gave the photos and the men's license plate number to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission and the Marine Police who followed up.  The Police confiscated the oysters and returned them to the reef.

Thanks to your vigilence, the oysters are back in the water filtering the water and producing more baby oysters!

Thanks for the Generous Contributions 

As always, our members came through and we have a new scanner and file cabinet in our office.  Thank you for your generosity which allows more of your donations to go toward our programming.

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

Vote for Lillie Gilbert
Cox Conserves Hero 
Cox Conserves Heroes is an awards program created by Cox Enterprises and The Trust for Public Land that honors heroes among us who work to create, preserve, improve or enhance the shared outdoor places in our communities.   Lillie Gilbert is one of the five finalists for Hampton Roads. 
Lillie Gilbert is a founding member of Lynnhaven River NOW and has served on our Executive Program Committee for nine years.  She is the Co-Chair of our Stewardship and Access Committee and serves on the City's Open Space Committee.  And this is only the beginning of the work that she has done for citizens of Virginia Beach. 
The award winner will be chosen by your votes.  To view the finalists' videos and place your vote, please go to .  If Lillie wins, she has designated Lynnhaven River NOW to receive her $5000 contribution.

41.6% of River Open to Shellfish Harvest 

 2007.8 acres open

Oyster BasketsThe Department of Health, Shellfish Sanitation Division regulates the areas that are open to shellfish harvest.  The shellfish harvest standard is rigorous and is in place to protect public health.  When LRNow was founded in 2002,1% of the river was open to shellfish harvest.  Today, we are pleased to say, 41.6% of the river meets the rigorous standard required for shellfish harvest.  This is amazing progress and a testament to the benefits of the good work being done by the City to improve our sanitary sewer system and storm water system, by our boaters to use the pumpout stations and follow clean boating practices, and by our citizens who are cleaning up after their pets, not feeding wildlife, adding buffer and rain gardens to their landscape and installing rain barrels.  Keep up the effort -- it is working!

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 

Oyster Gardeners
Spring is Coming 
Oyster GardenersSpring weather is on the way and our water temperatures will be increasing.   As the temperatures increase, our oysters will start to "wake up".  It is time to clean your bags after the long winter rest to make sure your oysters can adequately feed on algae in the water and are free of crabs. 
Please take care when you handle your oysters.  We advise wearing gloves and washing your hands carefully when you are finished.
If you are interested in becoming an oyster gardener, watch for information soon about our summer new gardener and float building workshops. 
HRPDC and the Bay TMDL
Vote Scheduled for March 17th 
If you have been following the progress of the Bay TMDL and Virginia's Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP), you probably read in the paper that the Hampton Roads Planning District Commitssion is considering bringing suit aginst EPA over the Bay TMDL.  On March 17th, HRPDC will vote whether to file suit against EPA in an effort to block or delay implementation of the Bay clean-up plan.  See for more details.  The commission is composed of 17 cities and counties in southeast Virginia and includes Virginia Beach. 
If HRPDC does vote to sue EPA, it could delay the Bay cleanup for months at best, years at worst.  Prior to the March 17th meeting, please contact your commission representative(s), listed below, regarding this important vote.  Our communities have much to gain from clean water.  Thanks for your interest in this important issue.
Harry Diezel,
Robert M. Dyer,
Barbara M. Henley,
Louis R. Jones,
William D. Sessoms,
James K. Spore,
John E. Uhrin,

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. 
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
Native Plant Society Plant Sales
April 9th, 10 am - 4 pm, Francis Land House at 3131 Virginia Beach Blvd
and May 6 & 7, 9 am - 5 pm, Norfolk Botanical Garden, 6700 Azalea Garden Road, Norfolk


Sea Level Rise Conversations, March 30 and 31
Ensuring that Virginia's Coastal Communities are Prepared for Sea Level Rise
The purpose of these listening sessions is to share information about sea level rise in Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads, allow you to share your experiences, concerns and ideas, and help city and regional planners plan for a resilient future!
Listening Session Details:
March 30
1 - 4 pm -- Virginia Aquarium, General Booth Boulevard
5:30-8:30 pm -- Red Mill Elementary
March 31
8:30-11:30 am -- Meyera E. Oberndorfer Central Library, Virginia Beach Boulevard
1 - 5 pm -- Bayside Recreation Center, First Court Road
For more information:
Virginia Beach House & Garden Tour
April 20th, Birdneck Point..."Water, Water, Everywhere"
Full tour tickets are $25 if purchased prior to tour day and $30 on tour day.  Tickets include admission to five private homes and six Historic Homes.  A full tour ticket is required in order to purchase the scenic Linkhorn Bay cruise.   For questions about tickets, please contact Frances Padden at or call (757) 482-6692.
Reservations are required for the boat tour and space is limited.  For reservations, contact Ginny Costenbader at