Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
April 22, 2011

Happy Earth Day!

   41 years ago today, millions of people across the US gathered to raise awareness of our critical need to protect the natural environment that sustains us.  Since that time, we have had both progress and setbacks in our challenge to learn how to live more sustainably on our planet.  Please take some time today to think about how far we have come and what else you may be able to do to help move us forward.  The cummulative effect of even small changes can lead to big rewards.  Everyone can help by:

using reusable shopping bags, coffee cups and water bottles;

being a responsible pet owner and scooping the poop;

car pooling one day per week or reducing one car trip each week;

reducing consumption and buying locally produced products;

installing a rain barrel or a rain garden to reduce stormwater runoff;

reducing your turf area and planting native plants.  And much more.

Email me and let me know what you are doing to protect our environment and the plants and animals who share this planet,

and thanks for everything that you are doing to help us live more sustainably. 



9th Annual Oyster Roast 

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Much Thanks!
9th Annual Oyster Roast Success 
   The weather forecast looked pretty grim for us last Saturday, but we tried not to let it bother us and we were rewarded with a beautiful day, a record crowd and another successful Oyster Roast. 
    We couldn't do this event without all of our wonderful volunteers and our generous sponsors.  Volunteers helped us in every capacity on Saturday from directing traffic in the parking area to bussing tables.  You are great and we appreciate your help. 
   We set another record last Saturday also---the least amount of trash!  We have worked hard to "green" this event.   Your plates and bowls were made from sugar cane and are compostable;  all of the oyster shells are collected and used to build new oyster reef; and the use of reusable cups and glasses for beer, soda and wine meant that we had very little trash at the end of the event. 
   It was a successful day all around and we thank our sponsors and you for your support!  We hope that you had a good time, are as happy as we are about the progress we are making in restoring the Lynnhaven River and will join us again next year for our 10th Anniversary Oyster Roast.
Oyster Roast and Book Sponsors:
71st Street Anglers
Bob and Eleanor Stanton
Breeden Company
Checked Flag Motor Car Company
DIA Inc.
Fine Family Fund
Hap and Becky Chalmers
Harry and Calvert Lester
Lynnhaven Marine
Lynnhaven Oyster Company
Runnymede Corporation
Towne Bank
Virtexco Corporation
Wild River Outfitters
Join Our Earth Day Cleanup Next Sat., April 30th, 9 am - Noon 
    River CleanupThere will be many opportunities to help with this major river cleanup on land or by canoe or kayak.  We will be working on London Bridge Creek from the Hutton Circle Launch north of Virginia Beach Boulevard around Reflections Office Park, by several apartment complexes and Lynnhaven Mall and ending at the old Moose Lodge on Lynnhaven Parkway.  We can use your help. 

For more information go to or email Whit at or Chase at or call our office at 757-962-5398.   We can use everyone's help at this important Earth Day River Cleanup.

Our next cleanup after this will be Clean the Bay Day, June 4th.   

Thanks for coming out and lending a hand!

The Lynnhaven, Restoring a Legend
Our Book is Now Available 
Calendar CoverOur beautiful new book, The Lynnhaven--Restoring a Legend, premiered with great reviews at last week's Oyster Roast. 
This gorgeous hard cover coffee table book contains the reflections of forty different people through their essays, their photographs and their paintings.  Some are remembering their childhood experiences on the river and others reflect more current times.  All share the way the river has shaped and enriched their lives.  You will enjoy this book over and over.  You will want to have a copy for yourself and copies to give as gifts. 
Books are available in our office.   Please call us at 757-962-5398 or email for more information or to reserve your copy. 

3rd Annual Bayside History Day

Bike Tour
Saturday, May 21, 9 am to 2:30 pm 

History Day Bike TourAn 11 mile loop starting and ending at the Bayside Public Library and including five stops at historic points along the way.  LRNow and the Tidewater Bicycle Association are co-sponsoring a guided tour by bike of historic homes, farms and churches along the Lynnhaven River.  This is an 11 mile, family-paced ride.  A lunch and drinks will be provided.  Helmets are required. 
The cost is $20 and includes a box lunch, drinks and all entrance fees.  Pre-registration is required. 
For more information or to register for this fun event, call our office at 757-962-5398 or email or visit our website at

Virginia Beach Stewardship Award
Applications due  June 1, 2011

    Have you made any environmentally-friendly improvements to your home, business, or community facility over the past year? If so, please let others know and encourage them to do likewise by submitting a Virginia Beach Stewardship Award nomination. Just fill out a self-nomination form for yourself, your garden club, scout troop, civic league, school, or other organization. Nominations may be submitted online or by mail, and photo attachments are encouraged. Eligible outdoor projects include, but are not limited to, environmentally sustainable home and business projects such as:

  •  Replacing lawn areas with landscape beds and buffers, or non-native     vegetation with native plants
  •   Planting edible gardens, butterfly gardens, or rain gardens
  • Creating oyster reefs, wetlands, or buffers in riparian areas or dunes
  • Installing rain barrels for irrigation
  • Replacing impervious areas with plants, permeable pavers, mulch, or stepping stones.

     Applications are available online at:, under "Related Documents" on the right column; Submission deadline is June 1, 2011. For more information, please call the Virginia Beach Planning Department Environment and Sustainability Office at (757) 385-4621, or email questions to: The nominated project must have been completed between April 1, 2010 and June 1, 2011.  Awards will be presented at a Virginia Beach City Council meeting in June.


Community Events

Adam Thoroughgood House Reopening and May Day Celebration

Sunday, May 1st

The reopening ceremony will be followed by a May Day Celebration from 12:30 pm until 4:00 pm to welcome the beginning of spring.  The Adam Thoroughgood House is located at 1636 Parish Road on the Lynnhaven River in Virginia Beach.  For more information, please call (757) 460-7109.


Native Plant Society Plant Sale

May 6 & 7, 9 am - 5 pm, Norfolk Botanical Garden, 6700 Azalea Garden Road, Norfolk


Virginia Aquarium Sensible Seafood Fest 2011 

Thursday, May 26th, 6-9 pm

Sponsored by Farm Fresh

Sample delicious sustainable, local food, plus beer and wine.

Learn about regional environmental initiatives.

Ticket prices: Members - $35, Non-members - $40

For tickets and information call 385-0262 or 385-0272 or purchase tickets online at  Guests must be 21 or older.


Kayak Fishing and Marine Explorers Camp, Ages 8-11, July 11-15

Kayak Fishing Camp, Ages 11 and up, July 18-21

9am-4pm, Lynnhaven River Inlet

Kayak Fishing Camp offers fun, hands-on activities that will allow young anglers and marine biologists the chance to catch many species of marine organisms in the LynnhavenRiver and Chesapeake Bay.

More information and Questions?  Bob Carroll @ 804-721-8806 or email Bob at