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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EVENTS CALENDAR

January 2019

First Advocacy Dinner

January 7, 2019
06:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Monday, January 7th, Croc’s 19th Street Bistro, 6:30 PM

Are you interested to learning more about what to expect in this year’s Virginia General Assembly session and hear updates on what is happening with the seismic testing permits and offshore drilling? You will also meet others in our community who are also interested in following legislative initiatives related protecting our natural resources. And hear from speakers working on a variety of issues.

Our first Advocacy Dinner will be held at Croc’s 19th Street Bistro at 6:30 on Monday, January 7th. Registration and payment of $15 is due in advance. You can register by calling our office at 757-962-5398 or sending an email to Office@LRNow.org and we will call you . There are 20 spaces available and you will have four entree options for your dinner.

https://www.lynnhavenrivernow.org/advocacy/

GWIC Program-Returning Teachers

January 11, 2019
04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Workshops

Growing Wetlands in the Classroom Program


January 11th and 12th at the Brock Environmental Center


For returning teachers:
Please plan to pick up your plants at the Brock Environmental Center between 4 and 6 PM on Friday, January 11th. Questions: Contact Jody@LRNow.org or call 757-962-5398.

For teachers new to the program:
Mandatory training on Saturday, January 12, 9 AM-2 PM at the Brock Environmental Center. Your plants will be available for pick up at the workshop. Questions: Contact Jody@LRNow.org or call 757-962-5398

GWIC

Waterway Cleanup

January 12, 2019
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Events

Our first cleanup to kick off 2019 will take place on Saturday, January 12 from 9am-noon at MOCA. To register to participate please email office@lrnow.org or call (757) 962-5398. This is a kid-friendly location

Location: VA Museum of Contemporary Art (2200 Parks Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451)

Learn more about our monthly Waterway Cleanups 

 

 

GWIC Program-teachers new to the program

January 12, 2019
09:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Workshops

Growing Wetlands in the Classroom Program


January 11th and 12th at the Brock Environmental Center


For returning teachers:
Please plan to pick up your plants at the Brock Environmental Center between 4 and 6 PM on Friday, January 11th. Questions: Contact Jody@LRNow.org or call 757-962-5398.

For teachers new to the program:
Mandatory training on Saturday, January 12, 9 AM-2 PM at the Brock Environmental Center. Your plants will be available for pick up at the workshop. Questions: Contact Jody@LRNow.org or call 757-962-5398

GWIC

Discover Virginia Beach-Winter Wildlife Festival

January 26, 2019
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM


Join us for this month's Discover Virginia Beach series as we attend


a walk-up workshop: Hometown Habitat and then tour the Exhibit Hall at the Princess Anne Recreation Center. This workshop is part of the Winter Wildlife Festival presented by Virginia Beach Parks and Rec and the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.


 


About the workshop-


Hometown Habitat: How Native Plants Support Bird Diversity


 


Ages 10 & up • Insects are a critical part of the food web that birds and other wildlife depend on for survival. In this session we’ll watch an excerpt of Catherine Zimmerman’s Hometown Habitat film, which beautifully illustrates how our landscape choices directly impact insect and bird diversity. Following the film there will be a Q&A led by Carol A. Heiser, Habitat Education Coordinator of the DGIF.


 


*No Fee *Please RSVP office@lrnow.org or call Terri @ 757-962-5398


 


Learn more about the Winter Wildlife Festival here:


https://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/parks-recreation/special-events/Pages/winter-wildlife-festival.aspx


 

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