Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
May 29, 2012 
10th Anniversary Seal
Lynnhaven River NOW
Celebrating our 10th year of working for a cleaner Lynnhaven River.
Pearl Homes Count 
The number of Pearl Homes keeps growing.  We are currently at 600 and hope you will help us get to 1000. 
Do 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 Home Flag

Community Events


Wild Nights at Wild River Outfitters, May 29, 7:00-8:00 PM.  Reese Lukei talking on Ospreys

3636 Virginia Beach Boulevard


Virginia Beach Uranium Breifing

Thursday, May 31

Oceanfront Hilton

Citizens' Brieifing at 5:30

National Academy of Sciences hearing begins at 6:30.

Find out why Virginia Beach is opposed to lifting the ban on uranium mining in Virginia.


Virginians for High Speed Rail

16th Annual Meeting

Friday, June 1, Norfolk Waterside Marriott

This is a great opportunity to show the Federal Transit Administration that Hampton Roads wants and needs higher speed passenger rail.  At group will be meeting at the Newtown Tide Station at 11:00.  For more information, go to



Blue Planet Forum

Thursday, June 7, 6:30 PM

Nauticus, Waterside Drive

Environmental Intelligence for Coastal Communities,

Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan

For more information, go to



Old Beach Green Market

1909 Cypress Avenue, across from the Old Beach Farm Market

Saturdays, 9 AM-1PM

There is still room for more eco-friendly vendors, please eemail for an application.  For more information, or






Diamondback Terrapin Research

Access Needed by Researchers 

Ashley Lavender, a PhD Candidate from Old Dominion University, and her team need help from Lynnhaven River landowners to better understand how humans affect diamondback terrapins.  If you are a landowner along the river, particularly in less disturbed areas, and are willing to allow Ashley and her team to capture terrapins on your land, please contact her at 757-683-5571 or
to Donate or
Become a Member 

New Oyster Spat Catcher Project
You Can Get Involved

June 18, 6-7:30 PM, Rescue Squad, 740 Virginia Beach Boulevard

Want to catch oysters off your dock?  Sign up to become a Spat Catcher in the Lynnhaven River!  You will hang a cage that is less than one foot cubed off of your dock (or your neighbor's)

for the summer and see how many baby oysters settle on the shells or alternate substrate in your cage.  All you have to do is shake the cage around in the water every few weeks and you will be raising oysters that will filter the Lynnhaven River for the rest of their lives.  Plus you will be helping us with an experiment to see which kinds of substrate oysters will settle on.  This program took off in Norfolk's Lafayette River---let's see if we can get even more spat catchers in the Lynnhaven!  Cost for all materials for three spat catchers is $ 25.  For more information or to register, contact Kris McKinnon at or 757-962-5398. 

Rain Barrel Workshop 
Tuesday, June 19, 6:00-7:30 PM 
LRNow Office at 1608 Pleasure House Road, Suite 108              Rain Barrel
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
Creating a Backyard for Wildlife
Pearl Homes as Habitat 
Saturday, June 9, 9 AM-3 PM
Join LRNow and our community partners for the first exclusive Pearl Homes workshop, Pearl Homes as Habitat.  If you aren't a Pearl Home yet, there is still time to apply by calling our office, 757-962-5398, or applying on our website,
Attract migrating song birds, butterflies and other native fauna to your yard with gardening techniques that also protect the Lynnhaven River.  native plants
Send a digital photo when you register and your yard may be chosen for analysis by our panel of experts to help you maximize the habitat value of your property.
Learn how you can certify your yard as a Department of Game and Inland Fisheries Habitat at Home property.
Lunch and a native perennial plant to take home will be provided.
Contact Helen for more information or to register at 757-962-5398 or
This workshop is co-hosted by LRNow, the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and Virginia Habitat Partners and will be held at the Hampton Roads Agriculture Research and Extension Center at 1444 Diamond Springs Road in Virginia Beach.

Volunteers will be out in at least seven different locations in the Lynnhaven Watershed this Saturday for Clean the Bay Day, June 2

If you don't already have a spot reserved to help out, contact Helen at,

Land and Water Cleanup Opportunities


Help Needed for SOS Program

Summer Employment Opportunity 

Oyster BasketsOur Save Our Shell Program (SOS) picks up oyster shells from 19 Virginia Beach restaurants and two public drop off sites five days per week.  For a complete list of restaurants, visit our website,
With increased summer volume, we need a helper on Saturday mornings and Monday mornings from 7-11 AM.  Additional hours may be available as a substitute driver. 
Must be 18 or older and have a good driving record.  For more information or to apply, contact Joe Scalf at  

Kayak Trip for Our Oyster Gardeners
June 24, 2012, 9-12:30 or 1-4 

Our oyster gardeners contribute so much to the river and we would like to thank you with this special trip.  Kayak to the Lynnhaven River Hume's Marsh and plant your own oysters on this protected reef.  This program will give you a more in-depth understanding of the oyster restoration efforts on the Lynnhaven and the important role you play as a Lynnhaven Oyster Gardener. 
   This program is free to Oyster Gardeners in the Lynnhaven through a grant by Columbia and Grassroots Outdoor Alliance.  Kayaks are being provided by Wild River Outfitters.  Trips are limited to 2 participants per household and space is limited.  Advanced registration is required.  To register, contact Wild River Outfitters by calling 757-431-8566.  Paddling experince is helpful, but not necessary.  For more information, contact Helen Kuhns   

Virginia Beach Stewardship Awards

Application Due July 1, 2012

Lillie Gilbert, Spartina
Have you made any environmentally-friendly improvements to your home, business, or community facility over the past year?  If so, please let us know and encourage others to do likewise by submitting the Virginia Beach Stewardship Award nomination form.  The form is available online at
The submission deadline is July 1, 2012.  The awards will be presented on September 29, 2012 during the Hampton Roads Sustainable Living Expo event at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.  
Free Trees Available to Good Homes
Virginia Pines 
LRNowVirginia Pine has two year old, two foot tall Virginia Pine trees in 3 gallon containers available for free to good homes.  Contact Helen at or 757-962-5398 if you are interested in one or more trees. 
Thank you to Bob Carroll and his students who grew these trees from bare root seedlings.
Young eagles, lacking the white tail and head of their parents, are flying from their nest trees for the first time in June. 
Young bald eagle and adult