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The Lynnhaven River
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The 64 square mile land area that forms the Lynnhaven’s watershed is home to half of Virginia Beach’s residents. This densely populated region of the city feeds polluted storm water to the Lynnhaven River reducing water quality and closing portions of the river to shell fish harvest. Find out about the current state of the Lynnhaven River and see how you can help improve our beautiful Lynnhaven River.

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Little Creek
Northwest Virginia Beach

The Little Creek Waterways were historically part of the Lynnhaven River system. Over time, some were cut off from the river to provide a source of fresh water.

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Atlantic Ocean

The areas of our city that drain into the Atlantic Ocean are small but important. The resort area hotels and destinations are a critical part of our local economy.

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Rudee & Owl Creek

Owl Creek runs behind the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center and joins the Rudee Inlet to flow into the Atlantic Ocean.

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Back Bay
Southeast Virginia Beach

The Back Bay watershed contains suburban development in the northern areas and farmland and protected areas to the south. Back Bay flows into Currituck Sound and is part of the Albemarle-Pamlico system.

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North Landing River
Southwest Virginia Beach

The North Landing River watershed is the largest in the city. The North Landing river has an amazing diversity of flora and fauna and is mostly undiscovered by the residents of Virginia Beach. It is Virginia Beach’s only State Scenic River.

Photo by Erik N Moore

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Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River
West Central Virginia Beach

The Eastern Branch of the Elizabeth River flows from Norfolk into the Kempsville area of Virginia Beach.

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Northwest River
Southwest Virginia Beach
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WORKING TOWARD CLEAN AND HEALTHY VIRGINIA BEACH WATERWAYS

Lynnhaven River NOW works with residents, businesses, faith communities, schools, and community leaders to restore and protect our Virginia Beach waterways. Our beautiful waterways, delicious local seafood, and diverse recreational opportunities in nature are why we chose Virginia Beach as our home. With everyone’s help, our dream of clean, healthy waterways is possible. Supporting the work of Lynnhaven River NOW is an investment in your community.

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Over the years, our programs have grown to encompass the entire city with Pearl Homes, Pearl Businesses, Pearl Faith Communities and Pearl Schools in every watershed in Virginia Beach.

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TAKE ACTION

Taking care of the environment is everyone’s responsibility. Learn how YOU can get involved and help support our efforts. Simple changes in our daily behaviors make a BIG difference.

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ATTEND AN EVENT

Volunteer at a waterway cleanup, Learn about upcoming webinars, join us throughout the month of October and help #PlantForTheFuture as we celebrate trees. We will be posting a series of fun, exciting and educational opportunities including virtual events,webinars photo and art contests, notable tree tours and more!

Why trees?

Trees are the regulatory system for our climate and feeds our oceans. Learn how trees and water are integrally  linked HERE.

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All contributions are tax deductible and more than 90% of our funds go directly into the programs that are making a difference in your community.

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LRNow NATURE NOTES
BY MARY REID BARROW

For 40+ years Mary Reid Barrow, freelance writer for the Virginian Pilot, has continued to connect, educate and engage the community through her captivating columns about nature, healthy living, sustainability and the environment.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP THE ENVIRONMENT
PEARL HOMES & NEIGHBORHOODS

PEARL HOMES are places where people care about our environment and want to do what they can to help protect our resources.

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PEARL SCHOOLS

Lynnhaven River NOW recognizes schools providing outstanding environmental education as a Pearl School.

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PEARL BUSINESSES

PEARL BUSINESSES are essential to truly move towards a more sustainable Virginia Beach and cleaner waters.

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PEARL FAITH

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.

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SUSTAINABLE YARDS PROGRAM

SUSTAINABLE YARDS PROGRAM: Let us help you “green” your Lynnhaven watershed home. This unique program provides specific stormwater management practices to your yard at a significantly reduced cost to you.

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