About

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The major factor that caused the degradation of our waterways is also now our biggest strength and hope for the future: PEOPLE.

In 2002, a committed group of local citizens came together to foster partnerships that would apply public and private resources to the challenge of reducing pollution in the Lynnhaven. That core group formed the nucleus of what has grown into an award winning river restoration project with over 8,000 members called Lynnhaven River NOW. “Now” because the work of restoring and protecting the beautiful Lynnhaven River is something that we can do NOW for ourselves and for our children and grandchildren. Over the years, our programs have grown to encompass the entire city with Pearl Homes, Pearl Businesses, Pearl Faith Communities and Pearl Schools in every watershed in Virginia Beach.

Our goal is clean and healthy Virginia Beach waterways and our objectives are:

  • To identify and reduce sources of contamination in our waterways; reduce nutrients, sediments and chemicals running off of our lawns, parking lots, roadways, farmland and out of our septic systems.
  • To educate and engage the community and partner organizations in restoring and protecting our waterways and natural areas.
  • To restore lost habitats such as oyster reefs, salt marshes,native plants, forests and other buffers that help to filter polluted runoff and protect our waterways and their marine life.

Become a member and get involved in this effort today.
Together we will make a difference!

Lynnhaven River Now

CONTACT US

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Lynnhaven River Now

Program Office:
Brock Environment Center
3663 Marlin Bay Drive
Virginia Beach, VA, 23455

Administrative and Pearl School Offices:
1608 Pleasure House Road
Suites 108 and 109
Virginia Beach, Va 23455

EVENTS CALENDAR

September 2018

Bird Walk

September 1, 2018
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Bird Walk

September 1, 7:30-9am

Enjoy the early morning beauty of Pleasure House Point when the birds are the most active.
We will meet on Marlin Bay Drive at 7:30 AM and enjoy a pleasant ninety-minute walk with a birding expert from the Audubon Society.  These programs are free but we prefer that you preregister with Office@lrnow.org or call our office at 757-962-5398.

Waterway Cleanup

September 8, 2018
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

September 8th, 9 am - noon - International Coastal Cleanup at Thalia Creek Kayak Launch - This cleanup is a water-based cleanup only. Participants should plan to bring their own kayak and paddling gear. PFDs are required. Some kayaks may be available for use with advance registration. Advanced registration is recommended for final event details. Contact office@lrnow.org to register or for more information.

To register to participate in a waterway cleanup please email office@lrnow.org or call (757) 962-5398

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Stewardship & Access Committee Meeting

September 19, 2018
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Committees

This committee meets at 6 pm on the third Wednesday of each month. Meetings are held at Hot Tuna  at 2817 Shore Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23451. November and December meeting schedules may be adjusted to accommodate winter holidays. Check Facebook or website calendar for changes.

 http://www.lynnhavenrivernow.org/get-involved/

Vermiculture Composting Workshop

September 21, 2018
06:30 PM - 08:00 PM

Friday, September 21, 6:30-8:00 PM


Learn about the benefits of vermiculture composting and build your own attractive 2 foot by 4 foot wooden composter. All materials, even your own red wiggler worms, are included.
We will provide tools and instructions for building your own composter during the workshop.

This is a great opportunity. Spaces are limited so sign up today. This workshop is being offered free. It is a $75 value.

To register, call Terri at 757-962-5398 or email Office@LRNow.org. Registration closes on September 14th or when the class is full.

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Conversations about Climate Change

September 26, 2018
06:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Events

Two Interesting Speakers


Climate Change and the resulting sea level rise is the most important issue facing our region today. We will pick up our Conversations About Climate Change series with a presentation from Ted Henefin, HRSD General Manager, explaining how the HRSD SWIFT program is putting waste water back into the ground to help with land subsidence. And Elizabeth Andrews, Director, W&M Law School Coastal Policy Center, to help us understand sea level rise from a policy and legal perspective. What tools will our cities need to tackle the challenges ahead?

Please RSVP at Office@LRNow.org for this important and very informative program.

Discover Virginia Beach Nature Hike

September 29, 2018
08:30 AM - 10:30 AM

This September we will be exploring the southern part of our beautiful city! Join us on Saturday, September 29th 8:30am-10.30am for a nature hike on West Neck Creek Trail (2249 North Landing Road). West Neck Creek Natural Area is a wooded 217-acre site located across from the Municipal Center along North Landing Road. This 2 mile hike will be lead by a staff member/tree enthusiast who will identify trees along the trail. You may even find a notable tree that you can nominate here! Following the nature hike, there will be a guided tour of the Whitehurst-Buffington House. “Designated as one of the 50 most historically significant structures in Virginia Beach, the Whitehurst-Buffington House, built in 1793, is truly a house over time”.

This month’s hike will be the 2nd Discover Virginia Beach Series event. Discover Virginia Beach is designed for people to explore Virginia Beach’s natural and historical areas. Mark your calendars –Saturday, October 27th–Guided bike tour through False Cape. We hope you can join us!

To register please e-mail Terri Gorman Terri@lrnow.org or call our office (757) 962-5398

terrapin iconMEET THE TEAM

Karen Forget
Executive Director
When you grow up on an organic farm and then live on a sailboat in the Chesapeake for three years, it’s only natural to become an advocate for the environment. As Director of Lynnhaven River NOW since 2005, Karen gives the river a critical voice in public policy decisions from here to the State Capitol while inspiring our efforts to protect our natural resources and create clean and healthy waterways in Virginia Beach. With a Bachelor’s from Purdue University, a Master’s from the College of William and Mary and a Certificate of Non-Profit Management, Karen has enjoyed living in Virginia since 1976. She has four sons and three granddaughters.
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Helen  Kuhns
Assistant Director and Pearl Programs Coordinator
Helen brings over twenty-five years of nonprofit experience in environmental and conservation education and outreach to Lynnhaven River Now as the Assistant Director and Pearl Programs Coordinator. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, focusing on environmental science from Christopher Newport University and has a Certificate in Non-Profit Management. A native of Tidewater and growing up in the Lynnhaven watershed, Helen believes that developing a personal connection to our natural resources is the first step in conserving our world for future generations.
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Terri Gorman
Office Manager and Event Coordinator
Terri Gorman is the Office Manager & Event Coordinator for Lynnhaven River Now. Terri attended Virginia Wesleyan College where she completed her liberal arts degree in Sociology and Studio Arts. Like her liberal arts degree, she brings a broad base of experience to Lynnhaven River Now. She has over 20 years experience in business sales, management and development. Along with years of experience in sales and event coordinating in the Arts. Born in the Appalachian Mountains and raised in a rural town in Connecticut, Terri has made Virginia Beach her home for past 25 years where she enjoys the beauty of the Lynnhaven. She credits her father for teaching her to respect and protect nature and the environment. In her spare time, Terri can be found creating art or walking her dog Daisy along the Virginia Beach waterways.
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Emily Hatfield
Development and Communications
Emily Hatfield is the Development and Communications Coordinator for Lynnhaven River Now. Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, her weekends were often spent on the water, sailing with her parents in Deltaville, VA. Emily attended Old Dominion University where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Community Health. Emily has two older sisters and an older brother. She currently lives in Virginia Beach with her husband, Jason and son.
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Jody Ullmann
Pearl Schools Coordinator
Jody Ullmann is always thinking about ways to get people outside and learning about our natural environment. Jody came to LRNow with vast experience as an environmental educator for our National Parks, at the Virginia Living Museum, through her own non-profit, Mud Puddle Science, and with the Master Naturalist Program. She is a dedicated educator and has successfully grown our outreach to teachers, students and families through our Pearl Schools Program.
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Dana  Sizemore
Pearl Schools Program Assistant
Growing up in the Lynnhaven River Watershed, Dana Sizemore is a rare local in the area. Dana brings a broad and extensive background to the team including retail and office management to teaching preschool. She has served as Secretary for Surfrider Foundation, been an active volunteer with Surfer’s Healing, and helped begin an after school program at Cooke Elementary to educate children on organic and sustainable farming. When she’s not working with the team at Lynnhaven River NOW, Dana loves spending time with her husband Mark, daughters Zoe and Kai, and their two crazy dogs.
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Penny  Moulis
Pearl Faith Communities
A native Virginian, Penny Moulis grew up in Arlington where her father took her for many childhood adventures in nature. She earned her B.S. degree in Mathematics at the College of William and Mary, and her career was in IT. She was in the first class of Tidewater Master Naturalists, and helped found the Friends of Live Oaks. Especially interested in the intersection of spirituality and science, she completed a Doctor of Ministry degree in Creation Spirituality. Since then she has volunteered with church 'green teams' and serves on the Stewardship Commission for the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia. She works with faith communities to encourage sustainable practices on their properties and in their homes.
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Trista Imrich
Conservation Landscape Coordinator
Trista Imrich is the Conservation Landscape Coordinator for Lynnhaven River Now. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, she attended The Ohio State University for her undergraduate degree as part of the Navy ROTC program. During her 6.5 years as a Naval Surface Warfare Officer, she completed a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Management, and left the Navy to pursue her environmental interests. Trista is a Virginia Certified Horticulturist (VCH) with a passion for conservation landscape design, habitat restoration, and stormwater management. She lives with her husband, Chris, a Virginia Beach native and veterinarian, and their two dogs, Jones and William.
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Brent  James
Oyster Restoration Coordinator
After a 27-year career as a Navy fighter pilot, Brent was a founder of an international cargo airline, Gemini Air Cargo, and subsequently of PEOPLExpress Airlines, as the VP of Operations with both. He lives on the Lynnhaven and has been active in environmental work for many years. His property has been designated as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat and has a residential oyster reef along the shoreline. His undergrad was at the US Naval Academy and grad school was at Harvard University. He is a Certified Virginia Master Naturalist and is the Founder of the Virginia Beach Notable Tree Program.
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Joe  Randall
Save Oyster Shell Program Coordinator
Joe Randall is the Save Oyster Shell Program Coordinator. Joe is a native to the Tidewater region. Growing up on the water, Joe developed a great amount of respect for the Lynnhaven and the shellfish harvested from it. Joe enjoys spending time with his wife and twin girls.
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terrapin icon2018 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Andrew Fine

  • Lillie Gilbert

  • Steve Herbert

  • Brent James

  • Jan Dillard

  • Emily Steinhilber

  • Winston Bibee

  • Dave Jester

  • Harry Lester

  • Cathy Maston

  • Bob Miller

  • Craig Cope

  • Joan Spore

  • Robert Taylor

  • Gene Ross

  • Richard Serpe

  • Bob Wells

  • Karen Forget

  • Michael Barrett

  • Lisa Eure

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