About

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The major factor that caused the degradation of the Lynnhaven River is also now the river’s 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.

Our goal is a clean and healthy Lynnhaven River and our objectives are:

  • To identify and reduce sources of contamination in the river; reduce nutrients, sediments and chemicals running off of our lawns, parking lots, roadways and out of our septic systems.
  • To educate and engage the community and partner organizations in restoring and protecting the Lynnhaven River.
  • To restore lost habitats such as oyster reefs, salt marshes, and other buffers that help to filter polluted runoff and protect the river and its 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
Brock Environment Center
3663 Marlin Bay Drive
Virginia Beach, VA, 23455

EVENTS CALENDAR

March 2017

MOCA River Cleanup

March 11, 2017
09:00 AM

Join us for a river cleanup at MOCA!

9am-noon

e-mail Dana@lrnow.org or call 757-962-5398 to sign up!

Landscape for Life

March 21, 2017
06:00 PM

CLASS IS FULL 

Wilderness First Aid Course

March 25, 2017
All Day

Landscape for Life

March 28, 2017
06:00 PM

CLASS IS FULL 

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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Trista Imrich
Restoration Projects Coordinator
Trista Imrich is the Restoration 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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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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Pam  Northam
Pearl Faith Communities
Pam Northam started her work with LRNow as a standout Pearl School teacher. She has brought that lifelong commitment to environmental education and awareness, as a member of our staff now, to our Pearl Faith Community Program. A native Texan ( Baylor University and the University of Texas ) she loves her adopted home in Virginia. Pam knows how to inspire people and communities to stretch themselves and make a commitment to more sustainable practices and love doing it.
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Dana  Sizemore
Administrative 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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Laurie  Sorabella
Oyster Scientist
Laurie Sorabella has been called the Oyster Queen. And you will be hard-pressed to find anyone who knows more about those wonderful bivalves that are so important to our marine ecosystem. Laurie has been with LRNow since the beginning of our organization and has had an unwavering commitment to restoring our native oysters. She has helped us build 62 acres of sanctuary oyster reef, grow our oyster castle programs, establish our spat catcher program and complete an annual survey of our oyster population. Laurie is well prepared for this work with a Master of Science degree from the College of William and Mary where she specialized in oyster and water quality restoration.
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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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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 two pets, Beasy and Bandit.
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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 in training to become a Virginia Master Naturalist.
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terrapin icon2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Andrew Fine

  • Lillie Gilbert

  • Steve Herbert

  • Brent James

  • Dave Jester

  • Harry Lester

  • Cathy Maston

  • Bob Miller

  • Gene Ross

  • Richard Serpe

  • Bob Wells

  • Karen Forget

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