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.

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February 2018

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February 21, 2018
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Committees

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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.

 

The Lynnhaven Trashion ShowEdit Event
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February 24, 2018
01:00 PM - 07:00 PM

The Lynnhaven Trashion Show


February 24th 2018

Trashion Show:
Location:
Lynnhaven Mall, Center Court

Times:
Middle School Show: 1-3 p.m.
High School Show: 5-7 p.m.

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5th Annual TRASHion Show Turns Garbage into Glamorous Fashion
Saturday, February 24, Lynnhaven Mall Show to Feature Middle & High School Students

(Virginia Beach) – On Saturday, February 24 middle and high school students will take the stage for the fifth year at Center Court in Lynnhaven Mall showing off their “Garbage Glam” in a runway fashion show presented by Lynnhaven River Now and Lynnhaven Mall.

The show was created as a way for local students to show off their fashion sense while demonstrating an understanding of the value and importance of reusing items whenever possible. Using only repurposed materials, student designers and models partner to present original creations in a runway fashion show competition.

“This is a friendly competition among students whose creations are made from what they can rescue from trash cans or recycling bins,” said Jody Ullman, Education Coordinator for Lynnhaven River Now. “It’s also a fun way to teach us all about rethinking trash”.

The program will include a high school show starting at 1 p.m., and a middle school program at 5 p.m. emceed by Kurt Williams (Anchor for WTKR). Judges will present awards for creativity and style, and the crowd will be invited to vote for a special People’s Choice Award. In addition, the high schools will again vie for the traveling “Principal’s Pride Award” for overall school efforts to promote sustainability both on and off the runway.

Cox, First Colonial, Landstown, Tallwood and Renaissance Academy high schools, and Brandon, Independence, Princess Anne, and Virginia Beach middle schools will all be rocking the runway this year.

There will be entertainment by local schools between the shows.

Lynnhaven River NOW, celebrating its 16th year, is comprised of more than 8,000 members committed to clean and healthy waterways throughout Virginia Beach. Through public awareness, educational programs and restoration initiatives, LRNow works to identify and reduce pollution, engage the community and restore lost habitats.

http://wtkr.com/2017/02/20/students-making-fashion-with-trash-on-coast-live/ -Video and information from the 2016 Trashion Show