Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
March 1, 2012 
10th Anniversary Seal
Lynnhaven River NOW
Celebrating our 10th year of working for a cleaner Lynnhaven River.

Spring is coming to the Lynnhaven. 

Our baby eaglets will be born in March.


 Eaglet, Willie Kee

 Photo by Willie Kee 

10th Anniversary Oyster Roast
Saturday, April 21st 
Mark your calendar now for LRNow's 10th Anniversary Oyster Roast on Saturday afternoon, April 21st.  Enjoy blue grass music by More Perfect Jones, Chesapeake Ray, Lynnhaven oysters, barbeque and all the fixings, and the company
of other River supporters in a beautiful setting on the Lynnhaven River.              
Tickets are $50 per person ($60 at the door)
and will go on sale March 15th. 

Community Events

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

Backyard Greens
March 4, 1-3 P.M.
Suggested Donation - $10
Join Vickie Shufer for a stroll through her Big Backyard and identify the wild, edible greens that are available in winter.  Find out how to use them in your meals and taste samples or prepared dishes.  Call 757-421-3929 to reserve your spot or email






Representative Scott Rigell

invites you to participate in a public conversation about

The Role of TMDL's in Preserving the Chesapeake Bay
March 13, 6:30-8:00 P.M.

Meyera Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Boulevard

 Representative Rigell will moderate a panel of Chesapeake Bay experts:

John Carlock, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission

Jeff Corbin, Environmental Protection Agency

Ted Henifin, Hampton Roads Sanitation District

Dr. Carl Hershner, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, College of William

   and Mary


Please RSVP to or 757-687-8290.

The Art of Saving a Riversculpture

Art Auction at the Oyster Roast 

We are looking for river-themed art work -- pottery, paintings, multi-media, jewelry, photography -- for the silent auction at our Oyster Roast in April. 

If you are an artist, consider donating a piece for the auction.  It will be tax deductible and a wonderful way for you to support the work of Lynnhaven River NOW.  All proceeds from the Art Auction will support the education and outreach programs of LRNow.  For more information or to discuss your donation, contact Kris at or 757-962-5398.   
Rain Barrel Workshop
May 10th, 6-8 P.M. 
Rain BarrelMalibu Elementary School Cafeteria, 3632 Edinburgh
Cost - $60  (includes all supplies and equipment)
A rain barrel is an easy way to reduce stormwater runoff from your property and make the water available for irrigating your garden.  In this workshop, you will be constructing a rain barrel that you can take home with you. 
Offered in conjunction with Mike's Rain Barrels.
To register, contact or 757-962-5398.
For more information on rain barrels see
Laskin Road SGA Meetings
March 14 and 15                                                                                        
The public is invited to the second round of meetings that are integral to developing a master plan for the Hilltop Strategic Growth Area, one of the eight urban SGA's identified in the city's Comprehensive Plan.  As part of a weeklong design charrette, the public is invited to an open house on Wednesday, March 14, from 6 pm to 8 pm at the Laskin Road Annex, 1413 Laskin Road to view the work in progress and to talk with the design team as it explores various future urban design scenarios for the SGA.  Use the front entrance. Additional parking is located behind the facility.
Also, a public meeting to view the refined design principles and design alternatives developed during the design charette is planned for Thursday, March 15, from 6 to 8 pm, also at the Laskin Road Annex.

Pearl Home

Get Your Flag Today 

 The number of Pearl homes keeps growing.  Since we launched the program in November, we have enrolled 376 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!

Pearl School Application Countdown

 69 Days Left 

Teachers, there are 69 days until your Pearl School applications are due.  Applications are due May 9th by 5 P.M. Visit our website to get a copy of this year's application and project scoring.   Contact Helen Kuhns at or 757-962-5398 if you have questions.