Lynnhaven River NOW E-News  
February 11, 2015  
Upcoming Events

Sat, Feb 14 -- Land-based River Cleanup, 9-Noon

Thurs, Feb 26 -- Public Policy Committee Meeting, Brock Center, 6 PM -- All Welcome

Sat, Feb 28 -- 2nd Annual Lynnhaven Trashion Show, Lynnhaven Mall, 1-3 PM

Sun, March 1 -- SOLD OUT Taste of Tidewater Oyster Tour SOLD OUT - Watch for future events, May 31st and Aug. 23rd

Mar 4-7 -- Green Schools National Conference, VA Beach Convention Center

March 19 -- Interfaith Prayer Breakfast, 7:00 AM 
We have moved to the Brock Environmental Center
3663 Marlin Bay Drive. 

Our phone number, 757-962-5398, and our email addresses have not change. 

Stop by and see us. 

Our Changing Climate: Challenges and Realities
Dr. Robert W. Carell

National Geographic Theater
Virginia Aquarium
February 22, 2 PM

Dr, Corell is a leading expert on climate change and was part of the 2007 Nobel Prize winning IPCC Scientific Team

Free and open to the public. for more information.

13th Annual
Oyster Roast
Saturday, April 18th
If you have a torn or faded Pearl Home flag, bring it to our office and we will exchange it for a new one.
Pearl Home Flag
One of our Pearl School students is make an outfit for the Trashion Show in February from the old flags. 
Native Plant of the Month
Host plant for Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly
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River Cleanup, Potters Road  


All are welcome 

Saturday, February 14th 

9 AM - Noon

To register or for more

information, contact us at

757-962-5398 or


2015 Virginia General Assembly
Bills We Are Following

We wrote to you earlier in the General Assembly session about three bills that we were following: SB1103, SB1107, and HB2205.

I am happy to say that the Senate bill that will give localities that authority to establish their own plans to control plastic bags was moved out of the Senate Committee and passed on the Senate floor.  Now it will move to the House of Delegates where it will be assigned to a committee.  If it is supported by the House committee, it will go to the floor of the House for a full vote.  We will send you more information when it has been assigned to a House committee.  Letting your delegates know that you support this legislation is important. 

Unfortunately, the other two bills that we were following have not survived.  The Senate bill that would have banned intentional balloon releases was passed by the committee, but defeated on the Senate floor.  We have some important education to do around this issue before the next legislative session.

And the Virginia Coastal Protection Act that would have provided funding to Hampton Roads communities to deal with sea level rise was tabled indefinitely in both the House committee and the Senate committee. 

Thank you for your interest in and support of these legislative initiatives.  Join our Public Policy Committee meeting on Feb. 26 at 6:00 PM at the Brock Environmental Center. 

Lynnhaven Trashion Show
Saturday, February 28th

Lynnhaven Mall Center Court, 1-3 PM


See the amazing outfits these high school students

are able to design and make out of all recycled and reused materials!  They will amaze and entertain you.


Come and support your school for the People's Choice Award.  Six high schools are participating:

Kempsville, Landstown, Cox, First Colonial, Green Run and Ocean Lakes.


Their creativity is impressive!  


For more information, contact 

Pearl Faith Community
Interfaith Prayer Breakfast

All Are Welcome
Thursday, March 19, 7:00-8:15 AM
Brock Environmental Center
3663 Marlin Bay Drive, Virginia Beach

Featured Speaker: 
Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam

RSVP: 757-962-5398 or 

Spat Catchers
Thank you!

Thank you to our Spat Catchers and other volunteers who turned in your cages and helped us count spat.  This data has helped us determine what substrate oyster spat prefer and where the most baby oysters can be found in the Lynnhaven. 
spat catchers
At the end of this year's count, our volunteers had tallied the contents of 31 cages to come up with 951 spat on shell and 925 on concrete.  These cages were put out at volunteers docks in spring 2014 prior to the oyster spawning season. 

Many other interesting critters were found in the cages in addition to the oysters --- toadfish, banded killifish, blue crabs, mud crabs, sea squirts, and clamworms.

If you are interested in becoming a Spat Catcher and helping with this effort in 2015, there will be a workshop on May 20th at 6:30 PM at the Brock Center.  Contact to sign up.
Native Plant of the Month:    
Lindera benzoin or Spice Bush  
 Height: 6-12 ft.
Spread: 6-12 ft.
Part Shade to Full Sun
Showy, greenish-yellow blooms
Fruits: Fall, Showy Red

Can be planted any time; Deciduous shrub with broad, rounded habit
Good alternative to invasive bush honeysuckle or forsythia
Host plant for the Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly

To order a plant, call, 962-5398, or email   
Cost is $10