Shellfish Maps

Shellfish Map

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The Virginia Department of Health’s Shellfish Sanitation Division determines the areas where it is safe to eat oysters in the Lynnhaven River. They base these determinations on regional bacteria levels in the river, since oysters filtering in areas with high bacterial concentrations are unsafe for people to eat.

The standard for shellfish harvest is very rigorous. The standard for swimmable/fishable water is 200 fecal coliform colonies per 100 mL seawater and the standard for shellfish harvest is only 14 MPN/100 ml. Many areas of the Lynnhaven hover right around 14, some months a little over, some months a little under. Water quality measurements are taken monthly at 35 different locations in the Lynnhaven Inlet, Eastern and Western Branches, and in Broad and Linkhorn Bays. The 30 month average of these water quality tests is what determines which areas are open and evaluations are updated annually.

In 2005, only 1% of the Lynnhaven River met this rigorous standard. Today, 42% of the river is open to shellfish harvest, including 30% that is currently considered “open” in Broad Bay and Linkhorn Bay, and an additional 12% is “open with restrictions.” The restrictions apply after a significant rain event. Whenever we receive more than one inch of rain in a 24-hour period, that 12% of the river is closed for 10 days and reopens automatically thereafter. The restricted area is in the Inlet and Eastern and Western branches of the river.  This exciting water quality improvement has created the opportunity for individuals to raise and sell oysters from the Lynnhaven, thus we now have six active commercial oyster companies working in the river.

To see this level of improvement in the bacterial levels in the river over the past ten years is truly a testament to the efforts of the City of Virginia Beach to improve our storm water and sanitary sewer systems and to eliminate septic tanks. But this alone cannot explain the level of improvement we have seen. The compliance of boaters to the No Discharge Zone in the Lynnhaven has also positively contributed to these improvements. And so have each of you. If you are picking up after your dog and not feeding wildlife, you are also helping. If you have installed a waterway or street buffer garden or put in rain barrels to reduce your storm water runoff, you are helping.

To maintain this progress and to move this number up to 50% or 60% will require everyone’s help. Thanks for doing your part and I hope you have had the opportunity to enjoy some tasty Lynnhaven oysters this past year.

Click here  and click on Shellfish Condemnation Zones Provided by VDH to see conditionally open areas in green and closed areas in red.

EVENTS CALENDAR

October 2018

LRN Fall Festival

October 6, 2018
11:00 AM - 03:00 PM

Candidates Forum

October 10, 2018
06:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Mayoral and City Council Elections
Candidates Forums


October 10th and October 17th, 6:30-8:30 PM, New Zeiders Theater, Town Center



We may have never had an election quite as important as this one in Virginia Beach.Every Vote Counts

On November 6th, we will be electing a new mayor and seven City Council members. There are 24 candidates vying for these 8 seats on our 11 member City Council.

Please mark your calendars now and come out to our Candidates Forums. You need to hear directly from the candidates to make an informed decision on November 6th. And remember, everyone votes for every district and mayor in Virginia Beach. Not just your own district.

Both Forums will be held at the new Zeider's American Dream Theater in Town Center and will start promptly at 6:30 and end at 8:30. We will open the doors at 6:00 PM and ask the candidates to stay until 9:00.

The Wednesday, October 10th Forum is for the two Mayoral Candidates and the six candidates running for the two at-large seats.

The Wednesday, October 17th Forum is for the candidates running for the Beach, Bayside, Lynnhaven, Centerville, and Princess Anne District seats.
Remember -- everyone votes for every district in Virginia Beach!

Mark your calendar and RSVP today to Office@LRNow.org to reserve your seat.
Thank you for taking the time to be an informed voter in this important election

Bird Walk

October 13, 2018
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM

Registration is Full

October 13, 7:30-9am

Enjoy the early morning beauty of Pleasure House Point when the birds are the most active.
We will meet on Marlin Bay Drive at 7:30 AM and enjoy a pleasant ninety-minute walk with a birding expert from the Audubon Society.  These programs are free but we prefer that you preregister with Office@lrnow.org or call our office at 757-962-5398.


Waterway Cleanup

October 13, 2018
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

October 13th, 9 am - noon - Laskin Road Bridge at Great Neck Creek - This cleanup is a land- and water-based cleanup. Participants wishing to work from the water should plan to bring their own kayak and paddling gear. PFDs are required. Some kayaks may be available for use with advance registration. Advanced registration is recommended for final event details. Contact office@lrnow.org to register or for more information.

Click on Waterway Cleanups for additional information

To register to participate in a waterway cleanup please email office@lrnow.org or call (757) 962-5398.

SCIENCE PLAY DAY - TCC/City Joint-Use Library

October 13, 2018
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

SCIENCE PLAY DAY - TCC/City Joint-Use Library

Saturday, October 13th, 2018, 10am – 12pm

1700 College Crescent Virginia Beach, VA 23453 (757) 822-7800

Joint-Use Storytime Room

Explore hands-on science activities and learn about dinosaurs, bees, bubbles, satellites, circuits, catapults, and much more! Face painting, crafts, and STEAM fun for the whole family! Ages 3+. Registration is not required.




Candidates Forum

October 17, 2018
06:30 PM - 08:30 PM

Mayoral and City Council Elections
Candidates Forums
October 10th and October 17th, 6:30-8:30 PM, New Zeiders Theater, Town Center



We may have never had an election quite as important as this one in Virginia Beach.Every Vote Counts

On November 6th, we will be electing a new mayor and seven City Council members. There are 24 candidates vying for these 8 seats on our 11 member City Council.

Please mark your calendars now and come out to our Candidates Forums. You need to hear directly from the candidates to make an informed decision on November 6th. And remember, everyone votes for every district and mayor in Virginia Beach. Not just your own district.

Both Forums will be held at the new Zeider's American Dream Theater in Town Center and will start promptly at 6:30 and end at 8:30. We will open the doors at 6:00 PM and ask the candidates to stay until 9:00.

The Wednesday, October 10th Forum is for the two Mayoral Candidates and the six candidates running for the two at-large seats.

The Wednesday, October 17th Forum is for the candidates running for the Beach, Bayside, Lynnhaven, Centerville, and Princess Anne District seats.
Remember -- everyone votes for every district in Virginia Beach!

Mark your calendar and RSVP today to Office@LRNow.org to reserve your seat.
Thank you for taking the time to be an informed voter in this important election

Aveda Good Vibes Spa Day

October 21, 2018
02:00 PM - 05:00 PM

Aveda Good Vibes Spa Day: Brock Environmental Center Oyster Room

October 24, 2018
06:00 PM - 08:30 PM
Events


CBF Presents THE HUMAN ELEMENT Premiere & Screening with James Balog



 Wednesday, October 24, 2018




6:00 PM - 8:30 PM



Sandler Center for the Performing Arts


201 Market Street Virginia Beach, VA 23462


REGISTRATION REQUIRED 

human element





 

Doors open at 5:00 p.m.

Chesapeake Bay Foundation is proud to present the Hampton Roads premiere of National Geographic photographer James Balog's documentary The Human Element. From the producers of Chasing IceThe Cove, and Racing Extinction, this new film highlights the dangers of the elements including air, earth, fire, water, and the fifth element—human impact.

Topics covered include sea level rise, wildfires, air quality, and more in this exploration of the balance between humanity and nature.

A community conversation on sea-level rise and climate change will take place immediately after the viewing with James Balog; CBF's President, William C. Baker; and Special Assistant to the Governor for Coastal Adaption and Protection, Commonwealth of Virginia, Ann C. Phillips. We are excited to partner with CBF for this exhilarating movie premiere! We hope you can make it!

This is a FREE event. Registration is required.

**If you have trouble reaching the registration form, please send an email to rsvp@cbf.org with your registration information.


Teachers Workshop: Gardening 101

October 27, 2018
08:00 AM - 01:00 PM
Workshops

Garden Workshop

Discover Virginia Beach: Bike Tour

October 27, 2018
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for a guided bike tour of Back Bay Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park. More information coming soon!

Catch The King Tide

October 27, 2018
09:30 AM - 01:30 AM

Saturday October 27th 9:30am-1:30pm


king tide
Are you ready to Catch the King?
Fall is the season of king tides, and one of the highest of the year is forecast for the morning of Saturday, October 27. Hampton Roads is a part of the global effort of coastal communities to measure the impact of king tides as a way of preparing for sea level rise. Every bit of data counts, and it's citizens like you who are gathering it. Ready to get involved? Sign up HERE