Lynnhaven River NOW works to promote positive dialogue between the citizens of Virginia Beach and our elected officials and City and State leadership on issues affecting the health of our natural environment.

We are currently actively involved in two local public policy issues.

Offshore Drilling

Offshore drilling poses huge threats to our waterways and beaches and all the progress we have made to clean up our environment.  It is not just the possibility of a disastrous spill that poses a risk, but the smaller spills that occur as a result of the day-to-day operations also foul the waters and kill wildlife.  Oyster larvae is particularly vulnerable to oil and gas contamination.  We are joined on this position by many other groups in Virginia Beach including the Restaurant Association, the Hotel Association, the Resort Advisory Commission, the Princess Anne Garden Club, the Virginia Beach Garden Club and the Green Ribbon Committee. We are all working together to have our concerns heard a the state and federal levels.  We thank our City Council for rescinding their support of offshore oil and gas drilling.

If you share our position of opposition to drilling for oil off the coast of Virginia, please contact:

Governor McAuliffe, P.O. Box 1475, Richmond, VA 804-786-2211

Senator Kaine, 231 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510, 202-224-4024

Senator Warner, 475 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510, 202-224-2023

Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Director Abigail Ross Hopper, 1849 C Street, NW, Washington, DC 20240, 202-208-6474

 Seismic Testing

Seismic Air Blasting is used to prospect for oil and gas. The process involves large air guns that fire intense blasts of compressed air about every 10-12 seconds, 24 hours a day for days, weeks and even months. Seismic air blasts travel an incredible distance–more than 1,000 through the ocean and into the seabed and seafloor. Seismic testing harms marine life by disrupting their behavior, foraging and breeding. Additionally, the blasts impair communication, displace fish and whales from their habitat and cause physical injury (hearing loss) and death.

Currently, five companies are each seeking permission to conduct seismic air gun blasting at various locations along the Atlantic coastline. This includes areas  from Delaware to Cape Canaveral, Florida. All would conduct blasting off Virginia’s coastline. It is not worth the risk to our waterways, to tourism, to the Navy’s offshore operations, and to our wildlife. We hope you will join us Monday, June 26th, at 7:00 PM, at the Brock Environmental Center to learn more about seismic testing and offshore drilling and the next steps we need to take to secure our coast.

For more information on Seismic Air Blasting click HERE 


February 2018

Stewardship & Access Committee MeetingEdit Event
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February 21, 2018
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

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.


The Lynnhaven Trashion ShowEdit Event
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February 24, 2018
01:00 PM - 07:00 PM

The Lynnhaven Trashion Show

February 24th 2018

Trashion Show:
Lynnhaven Mall, Center Court

Middle School Show: 1-3 p.m.
High School Show: 5-7 p.m.

Trashion SHow save the date


5th Annual TRASHion Show Turns Garbage into Glamorous Fashion
Saturday, February 24, Lynnhaven Mall Show to Feature Middle & High School Students

(Virginia Beach) – On Saturday, February 24 middle and high school students will take the stage for the fifth year at Center Court in Lynnhaven Mall showing off their “Garbage Glam” in a runway fashion show presented by Lynnhaven River Now and Lynnhaven Mall.

The show was created as a way for local students to show off their fashion sense while demonstrating an understanding of the value and importance of reusing items whenever possible. Using only repurposed materials, student designers and models partner to present original creations in a runway fashion show competition.

“This is a friendly competition among students whose creations are made from what they can rescue from trash cans or recycling bins,” said Jody Ullman, Education Coordinator for Lynnhaven River Now. “It’s also a fun way to teach us all about rethinking trash”.

The program will include a high school show starting at 1 p.m., and a middle school program at 5 p.m. emceed by Kurt Williams (Anchor for WTKR). Judges will present awards for creativity and style, and the crowd will be invited to vote for a special People’s Choice Award. In addition, the high schools will again vie for the traveling “Principal’s Pride Award” for overall school efforts to promote sustainability both on and off the runway.

Cox, First Colonial, Landstown, Tallwood and Renaissance Academy high schools, and Brandon, Independence, Princess Anne, and Virginia Beach middle schools will all be rocking the runway this year.

There will be entertainment by local schools between the shows.

Lynnhaven River NOW, celebrating its 16th year, is comprised of more than 8,000 members committed to clean and healthy waterways throughout Virginia Beach. Through public awareness, educational programs and restoration initiatives, LRNow works to identify and reduce pollution, engage the community and restore lost habitats. -Video and information from the 2016 Trashion Show