Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
February 3, 2012 
10th Anniversary Seal
Lynnhaven River NOW
beginning our 10th year of working for a cleaner Lynnhaven River.

Pearl Home

Get Your Flag Today 


The number of Pearl homes keeps growing.  Since we launched the program in November, we have enrolled 344 Pearl Homes.

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,  Thank you to everyone who is already proudly flying the Pearl Home flag!

Community Events


Get Your Blue Mind On: Using Our Brain to Conserve the Ocean
Dr. Wallace Nichols
Sunday, February 19, 2 PM
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
Free and open to the public

Sustainable Living Fair at ODU Saturday, Feb 18 and Sunday, Feb 19.  For more information:

Back Bay Forum
March 15, Advanced Technology Center
Hear updates from experts about on-going research and management in Back Bay.  For more information or to register, go to


First 2012 River Cleanup
Next Saturday, February 11, 9 AM - Noon

Potters Road and Lynnhaven Parkway 


This is a land-based clean-up and all are welcome!  We will be returning to the wooded lot at the corner of Lynnhaven Parkway and Potters Road which enjoys some beautiful shoreline along London Bridge Creek.  Parking is available at Breeden Company at 560 Lynnhaven Parkway, just south of the wooded lot.

To volunteer contact or call 757-962-5398

The rain date is February 25th.

Thanks for coming out to help!


Virginia General Assembly
Some Issues of Interest to LRNow 

shoreline oystersFunding for Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrades
A diverse coalition of organizations from conservation, local government, and industry has joined together to urge the General Assembly to provide additional funding of $300 million to the VA Water Quality Improvement Fund to address critical wastewater treatment plant upgrades.  Our own HRSD Chesapeake-Elizabeth Sewage Treatment Plant located at Little Creek, just west of the mouth of the Lynnhaven River is on the list for upgrades. 
Support Senate Bill 494 and House Bill 1180.  For more information:

In addition, LRNow supports upholding the menhaden harvest cap and restrictions  imposed by the Atlantic Marine Fisheries Commission. 

We also support keeping the ban on uranium mining in Virginia to protect our Hampton Roads water supply (

And we urge the General Assembly to support the localities as they work to meet the goals of the Chesapeake Bay TMDL by maintaining the 10% of the surplus that goes to the Water Quality Improvement Fund and approaching nutrient credit trading carefully and responsibly, providing safeguards to ensure nutrient trading protects local water quality.  We support HB 176 and SB 77 regarding nutrient trading. 

For more information on these and other bills being considered by the General Assembly, visit the Virginia Conservation Network website,, or Richmond Sunlight,

Take a Quick Survey                 
What Changes Have You Made?Winterberry


Wetlands Watch and HRPDC are conducting a survey of Hampton Roads residents to find out more about specific practices that residents have adopted to be more responsible water stewards.  We really appreciate your taking the time to respond to this survey and let us know what you are doing to help us restore and protect our waterways.

Follow this link to reach the survey: 


Thank you for your participation.

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