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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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
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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
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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