Army Corps of Engineers Oyster Reef Restoration

Army Corps of Engineers Oyster Reef Restoration

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Norfolk District and its federal, state and local partners are working on an ambitious project that aims to increase the population of native oysters in the Lynnhaven River.

The Plan

As part of the district’s native oyster restoration efforts, the Corps has already built 58 acres of sanctuary oyster reefs in the Lynnhaven in 2007 and 2008. The reefs are constructed of fossilized oyster shell dredged from the James River and selected reefs were seeded with 2000 bushels of spat on shell oysters in the summer of 2008. The reefs were constructed in Broad Bay, Linkhorn Bay and the Eastern Branch of the Lynnhaven. Additional seeding of reefs was accomplished by Lynnhaven River Now during the summer of 2009. The project provides both ecological benefit and increased harvest on adjacent private leased grounds.

The Commonwealth of Virginia, as represented by the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, is the non-federal sponsor for the project. Other partners include the City of Virginia Beach, Lynnhaven River NOW, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Oyster Reef Keepers of Virginia, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Why the Lynnhaven?

The Lynnhaven River is considered a prime spot for oyster restoration because it is a trap estuary with high salinity; it had historically high populations of native oysters; and it has considerably higher oyster recruitment today than many other sites in the Chesapeake Bay. The project combines the latest techniques in restoration science with information gathered more than 100 years ago.  Corps scientists used such tools as hydrodynamic modeling and maps and historical records of productive oyster grounds to determine the best sites for reef construction.

The Corps mission is ecosystem restoration. A successful project will enhance commercial oyster production on areas, public or private, that could be fished. While Corps constructed reefs will become sanctuaries where no oyster harvesting will be permitted, other types of activities, such as crabbing and fishing, will be allowed on the reefs. Locations and heights of the constructed reefs are not expected to interfere with navigation in the Lynnhaven River.

Norfolk District has been engaged in restoring the native oyster species since 2001 and has completed three projects to date – the Rappahannock River, Tangier/Pocomoke Sound and the Great Wicomico River.

For more information on the Corps’ oyster restoration plans, click here .

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EVENTS CALENDAR

May 2019

Bird Walk at Pleasure House Point

May 4, 2019
07:30 AM - 09:30 AM

**registration is FULL, please join us for our July Bird walk!

Join us on Saturday, May 4 7:30-9:30am at Pleasure House Point, one of the major stopovers of migratory birds on the Atlantic Flyway, to take a walk through the property in search of birds. What better way to go bird watching than with an avid Audubon birder at this ideal location! Free of charge. Email office@lrnow.org or call 757-962-5398 to register.

Waterway Cleanup

May 4, 2019
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join volunteers and help clean up Virginia Beach Waterways. Cleanups are mostly kid-friendly. Results of Lynnhaven River Now’s cleanup efforts are available here. For additional information visit: Waterway Cleanups

May 4 will be the Great American (Waterway) Cleanup at Beach Garden Park in conjunction with askHRGreen.org. This will be a land and water-based cleanup.

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

Growing A Greener Faith Workshop

May 18, 2019
08:30 AM - 03:30 PM
Workshops



TO REGISTER VISIT:

https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/LynnhavenRiverNOW/greenerfaith.html
The following is the agenda for the workshop:

8:30 am  - Coffee Hour/ Sign in

9:30 am – Introduction

10:00 am - _ Trista Imrich (Whimsy): Importance and information about Native Plants

*5 min break*

10:50 am - _ Farmer John Wilson (New Earth) on the Benefits of Community Gardens

11:35 am - Lunch *Provided*

12:00 pm - _ Jessica Ruthenburg with the Hometown Habitat Film Segment

12:45 pm - _ Susan Lang on Financing Your Solar for Non Profit/ Importance of Energy Conservation

*15 min break*

1:45 pm - _ Sarah Hall on Eliminating Plastics

2:30 pm - _ Ann Zobel on the success of the All Saints Garden

3:15 pm – Closing/ Thank you for coming

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at 757-962-5398 or email PearlFaith@LRNow.org

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