Advocacy

ADVOCACY

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 

EVENTS CALENDAR

October 2017

Landscape for Life

October 3, 2017
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Events

Capture

PHP Birdwalk

October 7, 2017
07:30 AM
Bird Walk

Join us for a guided bird walk and enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna at Pleasure House Point!

To sign up e-mail Dana@lrnow.org or call our office (757)962-5398

Bird & Plant Walk

October 7, 2017
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Bird Walk

Join us at Pleasure House Point, on of the major stopovers of migratory birds on the Atlantic Flyway, to take a walk through the property in search of birds. What better way to go bird watching than with an avid Audubon birder at this ideal location!

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

LRNow Fall Festival

October 7, 2017
11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Events

FF 2017

FF Schedule 2017

 

Vendors

Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum
Aveda
Buy Fresh Buy Local Hampton Roads
Carolyn Osmond, Artist
Chesapeake Bay Foundation - Hampton Roads Office
The Chrysler Museum of Art
Ebbing Tides Stand Up Paddle Boards •Sales •Lessons •Eco Tours
Ginger Jenkot, Ceramic Artist
Gorman's Handpainted Glass
Great Outdoor Provision Co.
Girl Scouts
Heather Donis Designs Mobile Paint Parties
HR Green Network
HRSD
Jessamyn Manzeralla, Artist
Jr Master Naturalists
Leaping Lizard Cafe-Shore Drive
Nautical Nature Co.
Neighborhood Harvest
Norfolk Botanical Garden
O'Hellyeah
Ran With Scissors
Sierra Club
Solar Services
Three Ships Coffee
US Green Building Council
Sensible Seafood Program Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
VA Bee Co
VB Public Library
ViBe Creative District
Wildlife Response, Inc
The First Tee of Hampton Roads
Virginia Beach SPCA - Virginia Beach
Anna Freeman, ceramic artist
doTERRA Essential Oils Wellness Education
Eco Maniac Company
Fit4Mom Virginia Beach & Chesapeake
Grandpa and Sons Kettle Corn
J Glynn Winters
Mothers Outfront
Oberweis Dairy
Princess Anne County/Virginia Beach Historical Society
Rose and Womble Foundation
Sofrito, Cast Iron Catering Inc
Southern Branch Nursery
Virginia Master Naturalist Program
Viv's Sew Crazy and Ilona & Co
Music by Paul Jarman
Build your own Vermiculture Bin Workshop $35.00 by Master gardener, Eileen Walsh
Leave No Trace and 10 Essentials for Hiking REI
Paddleboarding Free Demo and Eco-Tour $20 by Ebbing Tides Stand Up Paddle Boards •Sales •Lessons •Eco Tours
Learn about Red Wigglers for Children Worshop by Maury Joy
Cooking Demonstration by Leaping Lizard Cafe-Shore Drive
Face painting
Nature Walk
Building Tours
Food by Lucky Peach

Landscape for Life

October 10, 2017
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Events

Capture

9th Annual Candidates Forum

October 12, 2017
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

9th Annual Candidates Forum
Thursday, October 12th, 6:30 PM
Old Donation School, 4633 Honeygrove Road
Building Tour prior to the Forum at 5:15











Vote Nov 7




Virginia Beach has six Delegates who represent us in the House of Delegates in the General Assembly in Richmond.  All six are up for reelection this year and every incumbent is opposed.
 
Come to our 9th Annual Candidates Forum on Thursday, October 12th, at our newest Virginia Beach School, Old Donation School, on the corner of Independence and Honeygrove Rd in the Haygood area, to hear from all 12 candidates and decide who deserves your vote on November 7th.  Doors open at 6:00 and we will begin at 6:30.  Forum ends at 8:30.  
 
There will be a tour of the new building offered at 5:15.  It is a very sustainable building with many lessons for all of us.  It will make you wish you were back in school.  Please register ahead for the building tour at Dana@LRNow.org.

River Cleanup

October 14, 2017
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Events

Birchwood Malibu Park Cleanup
Date: Saturday, October 14th
Time: 9am-12pm
Location: Birchwood Malibu Park,
3632 Royal Palm Arch Virginia Beach, 23452

To register, please call 757-962-5398 or email Dana@LRNow.org. For more information, visit:
http://whitpeace.com/River/RCs/20171014_BirchwoodMalibuPark