Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
March 21, 2011

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.
Oyster Roast 
Photo by Kevin DuBois
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. 

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

9th Annual LRNow Oyster Roast


Saturday, April 16th, Noon-3pm

Join the fun

Celebrate our Progress Restoring the Lynnhaven River


Lynnhaven Aqua-cultured Oysters, Barbecue and all the fixins',

Oyster Stew, Chesapeake Ray, Beer and Wine


More Perfect Jones bluegrass band and Oyster Shucking Contest


Premiere of The Lynnhaven, Restoring a Legend

Our beautiful new book of essays, photographs and paintings celebrating the Lynnhaven River.



Tickets are $50 each and are available in our office, call 757-962-5398, or on our website,

Win your own Oyster Roast with Lynnhaven Oyster Company oysters and catering by Coastal Catering -- Raffle tickets are $10


Order a copy of The Lynnhaven, Restoring a Legend, at the

Oyster Roast price of $40.


See you there---You don't want to miss it! 

                           Oyster Roast 2010
                                          Photo by Bill Fleming

Public Policy Committee
Meeting, Thursday, March 24, 4 - 6 pm

First Landing Fire Station on Shore Drive at Great Neck Road


Join the Public Policy Committee this Thursday for a review of the 2011 Virginia General Assembly legislative session.  What were our goals?  Where did we succeed?  What are the challenges that we take into next year?

We will also begin planning our fall candidates forum.  With redistricting, all of our state representatives will be up for re-election fall, 2011. 

Chuck Guthrie, Great Egret
If you share our interest in legislative issues at the local, state and federal level and how they affect our efforts to restore and protect the Lynnhaven River and the Chesapeake Bay, please come to our meeting Thursday afternoon.  All are welcome! 

Community Events

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. 
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
Environmental Symposium and Expo
April 21,2011
Virginia Beach Convention Center
12:00-1:15 pm
Keynote Speaker and Luncheon
Robert Mitchell, CEO of Trans-Elect Development Company, LLC
1:30-4:15 pm
Concurrent Workshops on a variety of topics including Carbon Neutrality for Your Organization, Green Building and Economic Opportunity in Energy Efficiency & Renewal Energy Sector
4:00-8:00 pm
Green Expo -- Local vendors with green products and services for your lifestyle, home and business!
Sponsored by Inside Business and The Green Jobs Alliance  
For more information: