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


March 2018

VA Coastal Voices: Protect Our Coast

March 1, 2018
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

 Community Meeting on Offshore Drilling

Thursday, March 1, 6:00-7:30 PM
Virginia Beach Convention Center, Salon 1
Find out why it is so important for everyone to speak out on offshore drilling.  We will help you to submit your comments to BOEM.
Speakers include:
Councilman John Uhrin; Dr. Susan Barco, Virginia Aquarium Senior Scientist; Bev Ludford, Pleasure House Oysters; and Laura Wood Habr, BAPAC, Resort Area Commission and local business owner.Come at 5:15 and visit the Virginia Green Tourism Expo before the meeting.See you there!

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Waterway Cleanup

March 10, 2018
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

March 10 9am-noon at Francis Land House

To register to participate in a waterway cleanup please email or call (757) 962-5398

Click on Waterway Cleanups for additional information

LRN Program Partners Meeting

March 12, 2018
04:00 PM - 06:00 PM

We are looking forward to our two spring LRNow Partners Meetings on Monday, March 12th and Monday, May 14th.  Both meetings will be held at the Brock Environmental Center and start at 4:00 PM.

Stewardship & Access Committee Meeting

March 21, 2018
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

This committee meets at 6 pm on the third Wednesday of each month. Meetings are held at Hot Tuna  at 2817 Shore Dr., Virginia Beach, VA 23451. November and December meeting schedules may be adjusted to accommodate winter holidays. Check Facebook or website calendar for changes.