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Executive Program Committee

Committee Mission:

Osprey NestTo provide oversight and guidance to all aspects of the work of Lynnhaven River NOW and promote partnerships with other community organizations.

Primary Goals:

  • 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

Audubon Society

HRPDC Go Green

Virginia Beach City Arborist

Virginia Beach Marinas

Aquaculture Community

Virginia Beach Public Works

Virginia Beach Public Utilities

Coastal Resilience Research Project, ODU

Meeting Schedule:

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.

Oyster Restoration Committee

Committee Mission:

oystershellreleaseTo 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.

Primary Goals:

  • 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

Meeting Schedule:


Please contact Laurie Sorabella or 757-962-5398 if you wish for more information or are interested in serving on the Oyster Restoration Committee.
Public Relations and Marketing Committee

Committee Mission:

Cypress PassageTo help fulfill Lynnhaven River Now’s Goal of improving water quality in the river through community awareness.

Primary Goals:

  • 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

Meeting Schedule:
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  or 757-962-539, if you wish more information or are interested in serving on the Public Relations and Marketing Committee.
Education Committee

Committee Mission:

Baby OspreyTo 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.

Primary Goals:

  • 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.

Meeting Schedule:
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.

Public Policy Committee

Committee Mission:

Sailing Lynnhaven RiverTo promote dialogue between Lynnhaven River NOW and our elected and appointed officials.

Primary Goals:

  • 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
Recent Projects:
  • 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.
Meeting Schedule:
Our meeting schedule varies.  We meet as a committee but also attend educational activities in our region and the state.  Contact for meeting information.


Please contact Karen Forget or 757-962-5398, if you wish for more information or are interested in serving on the Public Policy Committee.
Stewardship and Access Committee
Committee Mission:

Pelicans in the Lynnhaven RiverPromote public access, enjoyment and stewardship of the Lynnhaven River.

Primary Goals:

  • 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.

Meeting Schedule:

This committee meets on the third Wednesday of every month. Meetings are held at Hot Tuna (2817 Shore Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23451) at 6pm.
November and December meeting schedules are adjusted to accommodate the holidays.
Shorelines Committee

Committee Mission:

Angel TreeOur 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.



Please contact one of the Co-chairs, Trista Imrich or Vince Bowhers , or call 757-962-5398 if you wish for more information or are interested in serving on the Shorelines Committee.


January 2018

How is Virginia Beach Planning for Sea Level Rise?

January 11, 2018
07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

How is Virginia Beach Planning for Sea Level Rise?

Report from the Dewberry Study

January 11, 7-8:30 PM at the Brock Environmental Center

For several years, the City of Virginia Beach has been working with Dewberry Consultants to do a through analysis of flooding and sea level rise challenges across the city and to develop a plan and set of priorities for consideration by the community as we move forward.

On Thursday, January 11, LRNow will host a presentation with a question and answer period regarding the findings of the Dewberry analysis.

Please plan to join us at the Brock Environmental Center (3663 Marlin Bay Drive Virginia Beach, VA) to hear this important presentation.

To register, please email or call 757-962-5398


Winter Wildlife Festival

January 26, 2018 / January 28, 2018
All Day

presented by Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation with the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries​

Click on the link below for workshop, excursion, keynote, children activities and registration information.



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.