No Discharge Zone

No Discharge Zone

Pump Out, Don’t Dump Out!


Click here for a listing of all Pump Out Facilities in the Lynnhaven River

After three years of work, in May, 2007, the entire Lynnhaven River was designated a No Discharge Zone. We are the first tidal river in Virginia to have this designation and only the second No Discharge Zone in the State.

After two years of the No Discharge Zone, we believe it is contributing positively to reducing fecal coliform bacteria in the River and helping us to maintain 31% of the River as safe for shellfish harvest.

What does this mean to you, the boater?
NO BOAT IS ALLOWED TO DISCHARGE A HOLDING TANK INTO THE RIVER. If your boat has a deck mounted valve (a Y valve), you are required to have a lock on the valve at all times in the Lynnhaven River. And third, when your holding tank is pumped out, the pump operators will place dye tablets in your holding tank. If your system leaks or you discharge illegally, the discharge will be bright green in color.

The Coast Guard and the Virginia Beach Marine Police have the power to enforce this regulation and can levy fines for non-compliance.

Pump out facilities are available at all of our marinas and HRSD will come to your dock to pump out your boat at no charge. To schedule an HRSD pump out, fill out this online form. Click here for a copy of our NDZ brochure with a list of all pump out facilities on the Lynnhaven River.

To Get a NDZ sticker for your boat, call our office at (757) 962-5398 or look for them in your marina office.

Thank you for helping us protect the River!

NDZ Waterways NDZ Sticker Don't Pass the Bucket


May 2017

PHP Birdwalk

May 6, 2017
07:30 AM - 09:00 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 or call our office (757)962-5398

Virginia Arts Festival Fringe Fest

May 13, 2017
08:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Saturday, May 13th:

8am-12pm Old Beach Farmers Market, Art Market and Green Market (Corner of 19th St & Cypress Ave, Croc's parking lot). Local music TBD.

10 am - 7 pm Lynnhaven River Now– Art of Saving the River Festival featuring local bluegrass musicians and 40 fine artists (18th St Parklet and street between Cypress and Mediterranean Avenues)
Featuring local bluegrass musicians from 11-2pm in the Parklet

11am-2pm Marty C Moore @ Java Surf Cafe & Espresso Bar(corner of 19th and Mediterranean)
Marty Moore is a solo acoustic cover act.

8-10pm VAF Fringe Fest featured band: Red Baraat (Fringe Tent in ViBe Park at 18th & Cypress Ave)
“The best party band in years” (NPR) drives fans wild with their blend of jazz, hiphop beats, rock muscle, funky go-go, and scalding hot bhangra. Dare you not to dance!

10pm-12am Late Night @ Croc’s featured band: Be Steadwell (Corner of 19th St & Cypress Ave)
This queerpop artist specializes in vocal layering, creating moving, surprising, infectious music.

10pm-12am Late Night DJ @ Esoteric (corner of 17th St & Baltic Ave)

River Cleanup

May 13, 2017
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

River Cleanup

May 13th, 9am-noon
(postponed due to inclement weather)

Beach Garden Park

Lynnhaven River Now is proud to call this location one of our Adopt-A-Spots. Come out and help us pick up litter and reduce debris from entering our waterways! Kids are strongly encouraged at this location.

Email to sign-up or call (757) 962-5398

LRN Art of Saving the River Festival

May 13, 2017
10:00 AM - 07:00 PM

10 am - 7 pm Lynnhaven River Now– Art of Saving the River Festival featuring local bluegrass musicians and 40 fine artists who have created nature-inspired art (18th St Parklet and street between Cypress and Mediterranean Avenues)
Saturday, May 13th:
10 am - 7 pm LRNow – Art of Saving the River Festival
· Artist Tents
· Juried Art Exhibition – Join us and pick your favorite artist for the People’s Choice Award
· Clay Artist Demonstrations – Artist Phil Guilfoyle and other
VWC Artist
11-2 pm Music: Brackish Water Jamboree

3- 5 pm Music: Joe McMurray

10:00 am – 5 pm Children’s Activities – LRNow Event Tent
·10 – 1 pm Hosted by Oceanfront Library – Youth and Family Services
·1 – 3 pm Hosted by Girl Scouts Activity – Paint a Terrapin Turtle
·3 – 5 pm Hosted by VWC Art Club - Recycled Water Bottle Fishes

LRN Art of Saving the River Festival

May 14, 2017
11:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Sunday, May 14th: Mother’s Day:

11 am-1 pm LRNow – Mother’s Day Brunch
- Celebrating Mom’s with complimentary Coffee and Treats
from Java Surf Cafe & Espresso Bar
11 am – 2 pm Music:
- Borderline Crazy

11am-4 pm
-LRNow – Art of Saving the River Festival
- Artist Demonstration: 757 Makerspace & local Charcoal Artist
- Children’s Activities

o 11 - 2 pm Virginia Wesleyan College Art Group
Make an Oyster Pin or Necklace while Mom enjoys a complimentary cup of coffee and treat in celebration of Mother’s Day!

o 2 – 4 pm MOCA Children’s Activity

Virginia Arts Festival Fringe Fest

May 14, 2017
11:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Sunday, May 14th: Mother’s Day

11am-1pm Joe McMurray @ Lynnhaven River Now – Mother’s Day Brunch (Corner of 18th St & Mediterranean Ave, private lot)
Joe McMurray is a guitarist, vocalist, music teacher and audio engineer based in Virginia Beach.

11am-2pm Jazz Brunch @ Commune featuring: TBD (Corner of 17th St and Baltic Ave) Artist TBD

11am-2pm Muddy Gems @ Java Surf Café and Espresso Bar (corner of 19th and Mediterranean)
The Muddy Gems play a blend of original tunes and a wide variety of covers.

11am-4pm Lynnhaven River Now – Art of Saving the River Festival featuring 40 fine artists (18th St Parklet and street between Cypress and Mediterranean Avenues)

Spat Catcher Project Workshop

May 25, 2017
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

Thursday, May 25th, 6:00pm-7:30pm

Help track the recovering oyster population in the Lynnhaven River by becoming a Spat Catcher! The project is simple, engaging and educational for the whole family. Join us on May 25th at 6pm to learn all you need to know in order to start catching baby oysters (called spat) from your dock this Summer.

Cost is $30 for 2 spat catchers

**Participants must hang their cages within the Lynnhaven River Systerm

You must pre-register for this workshop and space is limited, so sign up today! Email or call 757-962-5398 to register. E-mail our Oyster Scientist, Laurie Sorabella, with questions at

Sensible Seafood fest

May 25, 2017
07:00 PM - 10:10 PM

Sensible Seafood Fest presented by PNC Bank
Thursday, May 25, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Virginia Aquarium (Bay & Ocean Pavilion)

The Sensible Seafood Fest, held in the Virginia Aquarium's Bay & Ocean Pavilion, features samples of sustainable seafood options created by talented local chefs. This is a 21 and over event. Tickets are $55 during the Early Bird Special and $65 after April 5, 2017.

Tickets will go on sale on March 8, 2017.