Lynnhaven River NOW E-News
August 21, 2012 
10th Anniversary Seal
Lynnhaven River NOW
Celebrating our 10th year of working for a cleaner Lynnhaven River.
In This Issue
Pearl Homes
New Pearl Home Challenge
Free Trees
Community Events
Citizens' Wetlands Workshop
Uranium Mining Meeting
PHP Open House
VB Sustainable Living Expo
Oyster Gardeners
What to look for this month
Pearl Homes Count 
The number of Pearl Homes keeps growing.  We are currently at 653 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
New Pearl Home Challenge
Be the First
Be the First Garden Club in Virginia Beach to get all of your members enrolled in the Pearl Homes program.  Our education staff would be happy to come to one of your meetings and explain the program and sign people up. 
The Garden Clubs have been such good Pearl Home partners.  We would love to see a club have 100% participation. 
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.


Green Water     


Community Events


Annual Float Building Workshop

Sept 22, 10 AM - 2 PM

TOGA will be holding its annual Oyster Float Building Workshop at the Aquaculture Center, VIMS, at Gloucester Point.  No experience necessary!  Get hands-on experience building different types of oyster floats with Master Oyster Gardener supervision.  Register by September 14th at  Questions may be directed to Charles Yarbrough at or 757-814-3186 or Barbara Shelton at or 804-385-6830.


Light Rail Now

We will be voting on a referrendum this fall that will allow our City Council to continue to explore extension of the light rail line across Virginia Beach.  Speakers from Light Rail Now are available to talk to your ciivic organization, church or other group.  To schedule a speaker, call 757-377-1850. 


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Citizens' Wetlands Workshop

Saturday, September 22, 9 AM - 3 PM

Location: Westminister Canterbury on the Chesapeake

Penthouse Lounge (Top Floor), 3100 Shore Drive

Cost: $10 per person, includes lunch and all supplies


Do you want to know more about your Lynnhaven River shoreline and better understand shoreline best management practices?  Pleasure House Point

Come to this workshop and learn more about the functions and value of wetlands as well as the regulations that protect our wetlands from development.  This workshop is appropriate for anyone with an interest in our Lynnhaven River shorelines.  The day will include both classroom instruction and field activities.


Afternnon field activities will be at the new Pleasure House Point Natural Area.  Some walking will be involved.


Pre-registration is required.  To register, contact LRNow at or call 757-962-5398,  Space is limited.


Mark your calendars now for the 
Grand Opening of Pleasure House Point Natural Area and LRNow's Fall Festival 
Friday and Saturday, October 12 & 13
Ribbon Cutting on Friday
Fall Festival and Community Celebration on Saturday

Virginia Beach Uranium Mining Meeting
Tuesday, August 28, 6 PM

Virginia Beach Convention Center, 1000 19th Street


Governor McDonnell's Uranium Mining Working Group will be holding a public meeting on Tuesday at the Virginia Beach Convention Center at 6 PM.   Lake Gaston is the primary drinking water source for more than 1 million people in Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Chesapeake.  Lake Gaston in located within the watershed, downstream from the area where uranium mining and milling is being proposed.  The Virginia Beach City Council and the Norfolk City Council have passed resolutions in opposition to lifting the ban on uranium mining in Virginia.


On Wednesday, August 29, 6 PM, the Virginia Department of Health will hold a meeting on uranium mining at the Meyera Oberndorff Library Auditorium, 4100 Virginia Beach Boulevard.


Come out to both of these meetings, find out more about this important topic and express your opinions.


CBF Pleasure House Point Environmental Education Center Open House
Thursday, August 23, 6 - 7:30 PM

Bayside Recreation Center, 4500 First Court Road, Rooms 1 & 2 


Pleasure House PointThrough the work of the City of Virginia Beach, The Trust for Public Land, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and many Virginia Beach citizens the Pleasure House Point property has been acquired by the city.  The majority of the property will be the Pleasure House Point Natural Area. 
The Chesapeake Bay Foundation plans to acquire ten acres on the northeast end of the property and construct an Environmental Education Center.  Come to the Open House Thursday evening to learn more about CBF's plans. 
For more information, please contact Christy Everett, CBF's Hampton Roads Director at or 757-622-1964. 
Virginia Beach's First Sustainable
Living  Expo
Volunteers Needed
Virginia Beach will be hosting the first Hampton Roads Sustainable Living Expo at the Virginia Beach Convention Center on September 28th and 29th.  Come and learn more about sustainable practices throughout Hampton Roads and things that you can make apart of your business or home.  A partnership between the City of Virginia Beach and the Virginia Beach City Public Schools is planning and hosting the Expo.  Mark your calendar now and plan to attend.sustainable living expo    


There is still booth space available for both non-profits and commercial businesses that support sustainable practices. 

To register for Friday's luncheon or for a booth, go to


Volunteers are needed in a  variety of capacities to help make the event run smoothly.  You may be able to help out on Friday, September 28th, 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. or Saturday, September 29th, 10:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M.  If you are interested in volunteering at the Expo, please click here and register on the City's website. 

See you there!

You Can Be A CBF 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,  you can purchase an assembled float with all the equipment from LRNow for $100.  You will also need to attend a CBF 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 LRNow Tayor Float workshop and the CBF 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 CBF 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:
CBF New Citizen Oyster Gardeners Workshop
Thursday, September 20, 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.

CBF/LRNow Oyster Round-Ups
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.


If you have a dock and would be willing to let someone use it to do oyster gardening, please contact our office.  We always have interested potential gardeners who do not have access to the water on their property.

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

Baby squirrels are born in August and hurricane winds can wreak havoc on their nests.