To provide oversight and guidance to all aspects of the work of Lynnhaven River NOW and promote partnerships with other community organizations.
- Identify and reduce sources of pollution in our Virginia Beach waterways.
- Protect and restore habitat vital to the health of our waterways.
- Engage partner organizations, the City of Virginia Beach and the community in the restoration and protection of our natural resources.
- Build membership and outreach.
The Executive Program Committee is composed of the Directors of Lynnhaven River NOW, the Chairs of each of the other committees, LRNow Staff, a representative from LRNext and representatives from our many partner organizations.
Participation on the Executive Committee is by invitation, though interest can be expressed to Karen Forget or 757-962-5398.
Partner Organizations include:
Bayfront Advisory Commission
Resort Advisory Commission
Central Business District Association
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Back Bay Restoration Foundation
Council of Civic Organizations
Virginia Beach Restaurant Association
Virginia Beach Hotel Association
Bay Island Community
Virginia Beach Public Schools
Ocean Park Community
Virginia Beach Parks and Recreation
Virginia Beach Landscape Management
Virginia Beach Environment and Sustainability Office
HRPDC Go Green
Virginia Beach City Arborist
Virginia Beach Marinas
Virginia Beach Public Works
Virginia Beach Public Utilities
Coastal Resilience Research Project, ODU
Meetings are held four times per year, March, May, September, and November on the 3rd Monday from 4-6 PM, at the Brock Environmental Center.
If you have a question about the Executive Committee, please contact Karen Forget or 757-962-5398.
To bring together scientists, agencies, non-profit organizations, the public, and industry to generate ideas, execute programs and develop synergy to restore the native oyster population in the Lynnhaven River.
- Increase the number of reproductive native oysters in the Lynnhaven River
- Restore oyster reef habitat in the Lynnhaven River
- Protect the native oyster population in the Lynnhaven River
- Coordinate within committee to support and enhance all native oyster restoration projects in the Lynnhaven River
List of Projects:
- Oyster Castle Shorelines
- Community Oyster Gardening (citizen workshops)
- “Save Oyster Shell” Program
- Living Shorelines
- Oyster Reef Construction
Please contact Laurie Sorabella or 757-962-5398 if you wish for more information or are interested in serving on the Oyster Restoration Committee.
To help fulfill Lynnhaven River Now’s Goal of improving water quality in the river through community awareness.
- To encourage community involvement
- To help bring back the Lynnhaven oyster and restore the river primarily through the media
- To educate and raise awareness in the community
List of Projects:
- Discuss and help with printed materials, such as newsletter, oyster roast invitations
- Discuss and approve TV ads and other media efforts
- Spread the word about the river through Lynnhaven River Now merchandise such as tee shirts and hats, and our book, The Lynnhaven, Restoring A Legend
We meet quarterly (March, June, September, December) at 9:30 a.m. on the first Friday of the month at the Runnymede Corp Conference Room, 600 22nd Street, Suite 400, Virginia Beach.
Please contact Dana@lrnow.org or 757-962-539, if you wish more information or are interested in serving on the Public Relations and Marketing Committee.
To develop educational programs, materials and opportunities concerning the Lynnhaven River’s history, environmental issues, and efforts to improve the health and cleanliness of the river.
- Involve public and private schools in efforts to learn about and clean up the Lynnhaven River.
- Provide public programs to increase awareness about the Lynnhaven River.
- Recognize outstanding environmental and marine education programs in our locality
List of Projects:
- Summer teacher workshops are offered on a variety of Lynnhaven River related topics. Some workshops are offered through the Virginia Beach City Schools Professional Development Program.
- Information programs and watershed activities are conducted at local schools.
- A recognition program, the Pearl School Program, was implemented to spotlight the schools making an extra effort to infuse aquatic education into their school programs.
- Many school groups participate in oyster and wetland grass restoration efforts in the Lynnhaven River.
- LRNow staff and volunteers conduct workshops at local, state, and regional educational conferences.
No meeting is scheduled at this time.
Please call 757-962-5398 if you wish for more information or are interested in serving on the Education Committee.
To promote dialogue between Lynnhaven River NOW and our elected and appointed officials.
- Develop a rapport with individual officials by maintaining frequent contact with them.
- Educate elected and appointed officials on all public policy issues affecting the restoration and protection of Lynnhaven River.
- Promote LRNow events, activities and initiatives to elected and appointed officials.
- Inform and educate the watershed community on public policy initiatives
- The committee conducts a candidate forum in the fall whenever there is an election for city council or for state legislators. Candidates are invited to discuss issues related to the health and restoration of the watershed.
- Committee members are active with the Virginia Choose Clean Water Coalition, Virginia Conservation Network, Virginia Forever, and local and state initiatives to address Sea Level Rise and Climate Change.
- Committee members stay up to date with environmental legislative issues by attending workshops provided by Virginia Conservation Network, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, ODU Sea Level Rise program, W&M Law School Coastal Clinic Programs and others. Our goal is to be effective spokespeople on the issues that affect our Virginia Beach waterways.
- The committee works with other local environmental groups such as Back Bay Restoration Foundation, Keep the Ban, the Garden Clubs, civic organizations, etc. in order to promote our shared goals of returning the watershed to its most productive, enjoyable, and sustainable condition.
- LRNow is a member of the Virginia Conservation Network, Choose Clean Water Coalition, and Virginia Forever.
Our meeting schedule varies. We meet as a committee but also attend educational activities in our region and the state. Contact Karen@LRNow.org for meeting information.
Links to the latest meeting minutes:
Promote public access, enjoyment and stewardship of the Lynnhaven River.
- Make the river more accessible for people to enjoy and appreciate the river. The Southeast Coast Saltwater Paddling Trail has helped this goal already!
- Provide education to encourage the connection between each individual’s actions and their impact on the river and its surrounding environment to foster better stewardship.
- Promote respect for the river.
- Support open space initiatives.
- Create opportunities to teach the Lynnhaven River history, thus helping people to better understand the present condition of the river and its future challenges.
- Foster public and private relationships to open access sites to the Lynnhaven River.
- Schedule, organize and lead regular watershed and river cleanups through the year. (Invite the public, and target business and community groups, especially youth groups, to come out, get muddy, have fun, make friends and do a good deed together cleaning the river. Check out our River Cleanup Site Map Here !
- Encourage and foster “Adopt-A-Spots” in neighborhoods, business districts and communities in the Lynnhaven River watershed.
- Encourage storm drain marking projects in Lynnhaven watershed neighborhoods.
- Post informational/educational signage at all access sites, where appropriate.
- Advocate Citizen Science Water Quality Monitoring through the VA Aquarium & Marine Science Center’s Water Quality Monitoring Program
Once a month volunteers collect water samples at 8 different sites on the Lynnhaven River. Samples are then delivered and processed by the Virginia Aquarium’s lab where data is provided in return.
You can view these sites by clicking MAP
Click HERE to view current water quality data collected by our Citizen Science Volunteers in the Lynnhaven River.
- Develop a map to identify public property and streets/bridges in the Lynnhaven Watershed.
- Develop a responsible and safe plan to grow strong youth participation in river cleanups.
- Figure out a way to make getting muddy and regularly taking part in river cleanups “cool” – starting with the youth today, and the way of life for future generations. Check out the committee’s GetMuddy site!
- Determine a way for our committee to stay informed and engaged with all the ongoing good work of the other organizational committees and working groups.
- Determine a way to inform and encourage Lynnhaven River Now members and volunteers on all the committees and working groups, to come have some fun, get muddy and give us a hand at the river cleanups!
- Further develop and make public our committee’s long range plan in developing and maintaining public river access sites.
- Build a fleet of boats to use for leaders and volunteers to help with the river cleanups, to include kayaks, canoes, one or two flat-bottomed motor boats, trailers and an accessible storage area.
- Build a Stewardship and Access Committee internet presence that informs and celebrates, and also continually helps with our work.
- Develop a plan with specific short term goals to begin to foster “adopt-a-spots” in the Lynnhaven River watershed.
- Develop a long range plan of having the entire Lynnhaven River watershed adopted – in pieces and parts – until one day, we have it all covered.
Our Lynnhaven River NOW Shorelines Committee mission is to conserve, restore and create open water marsh, small marsh parcels along the shoreline, living shoreline marshes, and upland buffers in the Lynnhaven River. Education is one of our major strategies to encourage wetland and shoreline conservation, restoration and creation, thus we will plan and conduct broad and targeted education. We also aim to work with the agencies have jurisdiction over tidal wetlands to facilitate and encourage wetland preservation, restoration and creation.
HOW YOU CAN HELP THE ENVIRONMENT
PEARL HOMES are places where people care about our environment and want to do what they can to l help protect our resources.
Lynnhaven River NOW recognizes schools providing outstanding environmental education as a Pearl School.
We all want to do our part to restore the health of all of our sacred waterways and protect them for future generations to enjoy.