Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
June 26, 2012 
In This Issue
Pearl Homes
Free Trees
Community Events
Oyster Gareners
VB Stewardship Awards
Fishing Line Clean Up
VCN Summer Workshop
What to look for this month
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 615 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
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.

Community Events


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








Photo by Chuck Guthrie 

Photo by Chuck Guthrie 

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You Can Be An Oyster Gardener

Summer Workshops and Roundups  

Have you wondered how you might get more involved with Lynnhaven River restoration?  Oyster gardening may be just the opportunity that you have been looking for.  It takes about an hour of time each month to keep your oyster bag clean and healthy and your baby oysters will help greatly to rebuild the oyster population in the Lynnhaven River.Oyster Baskets More information about oyster gardening can be found on our website at or you can call our office at 757-962-5398.

If you would like to get started as on oyster gardener, plan to attend our Taylor Float workshop where you can build your own float and get all the equipment you will need.  If you would rather not build a float, you can purchase an assembled float with all the equipment from LRNow for $100.  You will also need to attend a New Citizen Oyster Gardener Workshop where you will learn everything you will need to know about caring for your oysters over the next year.  Pre-registration is required for both the Tayor Float workshop and the New Citizen Gardener Workshop.

If you are already an oyster gardener, we thank you for your work during this past year caring for your oysters and look forward to seeing you at one of the Round-Ups this summer.  Remember to pre-register for the Round-Up so that you will be able to take home your new baby oysters that day.

Here are the dates and the registration information:
Taylor Float Workshop --
Thursday, July 26, 6-7:30 PM, at the LRNow office at 1608 Pleasure House Road, Suite 108.  Cost for all supplies is $75.
To register call 757-962-5398 or email

New Citizen Oyster Gardeners Workshop
Thursday, August 2, 6-7:30 PM at the Great Neck Rescue Squad on Bayne Drive
Thursday, September 6, 6-7:30 PM at Virginia Wesleyan College
Cost:  $30 for your bag of 1000 baby oysters
Pre-registration required with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation at or call 757-622-1964.

Oyster Round-Ups
Saturday, July 28, 9-11 AM
Saturday, September 8, 9-11 AM
Both are at First Landing State Park, 64th Street entrance, the Narrows
Be sure to pre-register with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation at or call 757-622-1964.
Cost: $30 for your bag of 1000 baby oysters.

The Oyster Gardening Project is offered in partnership with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

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.  
Be Kind with your Line
Clean Up, July 14, 9-Noon 
Join us for Hampton Roads First Annual Fishing Line Clean Up.
Volunteers from across Hamptong Roads will be heading to several area waterways where large quantities of discarded fishing line are frequently
Clean Up
found to collect and recycle the line.

This clean up is not only an opportunity to get hundreds of feet of line and hooks out of the environment, immediately reducing the danger of entanglement for water birds and animals, but is also an opportunity to provide information about safe disposal of fishing line and tackle to the public.

As much of the line can only be reached from the water, we especially need volunteers who have access to kayaks, canoes or any other type of small boats.
LRNow will be assisting with the clean up on West Neck Creek in Virginia Beach. 
To register to help, contact or call our office at 757-962-5398. 

For more information go to

Virginia Conservation Network Summer Workshop

Tuesday, July 24, 6-8 PM

Oberndorf Central Library

Come meet others in your region who want to protect our water, land and air.  Receive campaign updates, educational materials and learn about ways to get involved.
Photo by John Aguair
Attend this workshop and learn about the benefits of joining a Legislative Contact Team.  Together with hundreds of volunteers throughout the Commonwealth, our legislative contact team members have grabbed the attention of delegates and senators with numerous letters, phone calls, e-mails, and meetings.  Thanks to the work of these volunteers, Virginia's legislators are giving unprecedented consideration to natural resource protection.
For more information, visit the VCN website at  To register for the Virginia Beach workshop, go to or call 804-644-0283.

Lynnhaven oysters begin to spawn in late June and will continue to spawn through late August. 
Oysters in Long Creek