Army Corps of Engineers Oyster Reef Restoration

Army Corps of Engineers Oyster Reef Restoration

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Norfolk District and its federal, state and local partners are working on an ambitious project that aims to increase the population of native oysters in the Lynnhaven River.

The Plan

As part of the district’s native oyster restoration efforts, the Corps has already built 58 acres of sanctuary oyster reefs in the Lynnhaven in 2007 and 2008. The reefs are constructed of fossilized oyster shell dredged from the James River and selected reefs were seeded with 2000 bushels of spat on shell oysters in the summer of 2008. The reefs were constructed in Broad Bay, Linkhorn Bay and the Eastern Branch of the Lynnhaven. Additional seeding of reefs was accomplished by Lynnhaven River Now during the summer of 2009. The project provides both ecological benefit and increased harvest on adjacent private leased grounds.

The Commonwealth of Virginia, as represented by the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, is the non-federal sponsor for the project. Other partners include the City of Virginia Beach, Lynnhaven River NOW, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Oyster Reef Keepers of Virginia, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Why the Lynnhaven?

The Lynnhaven River is considered a prime spot for oyster restoration because it is a trap estuary with high salinity; it had historically high populations of native oysters; and it has considerably higher oyster recruitment today than many other sites in the Chesapeake Bay. The project combines the latest techniques in restoration science with information gathered more than 100 years ago.  Corps scientists used such tools as hydrodynamic modeling and maps and historical records of productive oyster grounds to determine the best sites for reef construction.

The Corps mission is ecosystem restoration. A successful project will enhance commercial oyster production on areas, public or private, that could be fished. While Corps constructed reefs will become sanctuaries where no oyster harvesting will be permitted, other types of activities, such as crabbing and fishing, will be allowed on the reefs. Locations and heights of the constructed reefs are not expected to interfere with navigation in the Lynnhaven River.

Norfolk District has been engaged in restoring the native oyster species since 2001 and has completed three projects to date – the Rappahannock River, Tangier/Pocomoke Sound and the Great Wicomico River.

For more information on the Corps’ oyster restoration plans, click here .

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July 2018

Bird Walk

July 7, 2018
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Bird Walk

July 7, 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 Dana@LRNow.org or call our office at 757-962-5398.

Waterway Cleanup

July 14, 2018
12:00 AM
Events

July 14th 9am-noon

Old Moose Lodge off of Lynnhaven Parkway

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

Click on Waterway Cleanups for additional information

Stewardship & Access Committee Meeting

July 18, 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/

Discover Virginia Beach-Local Farm Tour

July 21, 2018
08:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Events

 

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Registration is FULL


Join Lynnhaven River Now as we embark on a monthly journey to Discover and Explore our different watershed areas and the vast natural and historical areas of our city.

Our July program will take place on July 21, 2018 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm to explore a few of our local farms and stands. Taste of Tidewater will provide transportation from our meeting area in the parking lot at Virginia Beach Farmer’s Market on 3640 Dam Neck Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23453, limited space is available for the tour.

We will wind down at Virginia Beach Farmers Market to shop and enjoy lunch at the Virginia Beach Farmers Market.

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$10 Ticket includes  your transportation, the tours, and a reusable bag for your purchases
Look for details soon for our Discover Virginia Beach in August – Paddle Tour at Pleasure House Point.