Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
January 10, 2012 
10th Anniversary Seal
Lynnhaven River NOW
beginning our 10th year of working for a cleaner Lynnhaven River.

Pearl Home

Get Your Flag Today 

Pearl Home FlagDo you "scoop the poop" and use reusable grocery bags?  Have you reduced your lawn and planted natives?  Are you an oyster gardener?  Or have you installed a rain barrel?  You may already qualify to be a Pearl Home.  
Be the first person on your block to fly a Pearl Home flag.  You can pick up an application at our office or check it out on our website,  In the first two months of this program, we have already enrolled  216 Pearl Homes.  You can help us go over 225.   Thank you to everyone who is already proudly flying the Pearl Home flag!

Community Events

Winter Wildlife Festival

January 27 - 29, 2012

Princess Anne Recreation Center, 1400 Nimmo Parkway, Virginia Beach

Free and Open to the Public (with a fee and/or registration required for certain sessions.)


CBF Clean Water Breakfast

January 13, 7:15-8:45

Dominion Enterprises Bldg in Norfolk, 20th Floor

This Clean Water Breakfast will be a special public education and engagement event designed to outline water quality problems specific to our urban area and the ways they are being addressed by the Bay pollution limits (TMDL).  This is an excellent opportunity to ask questions of experts in local water quality efforts. 

This Clean Water Breakfast offers dramatic views of the Elizabeth River as well as coffee and a light breakfast.


Reality, It's not an opinion

Monday, Jan 30, 7 PM

Virginia Beach Central Library

We know how to solve the climate crisis---come learn the facts and take a meaningful step to bring change.  Live presentation given by Bob Wohlfort, trained by Al Gore.  RSVP to Marie, 757-663-1880


Pew Environmental asks you to check out their varied campaigns to protect the world's oceans and fish populations.  Visit 



Virginia Flower and Garden Expo
Volunteers Needed
January 20 - 22; Friday and Saturday 10 am - 7 pm, Sunday 10 am - 5 pm

Virginia Beach Convention Center


The 2012 Virginia Flower & Garden Expo returns to the Virginia Beach Convention Center January 20-22, and is the Commonwealth's most comprehensive event of its type. Produced by the Virginia Horticultural Foundation, the Expo promotes horticultural education and experience for everyone from professionals to the weekend enthusiast. This year's theme is "Creating the Beautiful Tomorrow."   For more information go to


LRNow wil have a booth at the Expo promoting sustainable gardening practices, native plants, rain water catchment and our PEARL HOME program.  We need a few more volunteers to complete the schedule.  If you can help at any of the times listed below, please contact Helen Kuhns, or 757-962-5398, to sign up.

Friday, January 20:

4:30-7:00 -- 1 person needed

Saturday, January 21:

10:00-12:30 -- 1 person needed

12:30-2:30 -- 2 people needed

2:30-4:30 -- 2 people needed

4:30-7:00 -- 2 people needed

Sunday, January 22:

10:00-12:30 -- 2 people needed

12:30-2:30 -- 2 people needed

4:45-5:45 for break down -- 1 or 2 people needed


Thank you in advance for your help.


Flying Wild Workshop for Teachers and Informal Educators

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 6 - 9 pm

Princess Anne Recreation Center, 1400 Nimmo Parkway, Virginia Beach

Presented by Lynnhaven River NOW & Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation as part of the Winter Wildlife Festival


Celebrate birds with Flying WILD, a conservation education guide featuring interdisciplinary hands-on classroom activities along with information for engaging students in a school-wide bird festival. Key concepts include migration, adaptation, importance of habitat and bird conservation efforts. Designed originally for middle school teachers and students, the guide contains activities suitable for all grade levels. All participants will receive a copy of the Flying WILD Activity Guide and supplementary materials on Virginia birds.


For more information, please call Helen Kuhns at 757-962-5398. Registration is required. To register, visit Seats are limited.


Rain Barrel Workshop
Saturday, January 28, 10:00 AM - Noon 
Rain Barrel

Excess nutrient run off is a serious water quality problem.  It leads to algae, which clouds the water and eventually leads to decreased levels of oxygen and possible toxins from algal blooms.  A rain barrel is one way to reduce the amount of run off entering rivers through the storm water system.  Rain barrels aslo provide homeowners with free non-chlorinated water to provide healthy irrigation to house plants and gardens.  Attendees will leave with a completed rain barrel and simple installation instructions.  Price is per barrel; couples and familes welcome.  $65.

For questions or more information: or 757-962-5398.  To register: visit,  the couse number is #105497