Upcoming LRNow Events


 Mark your calendars! 

 Monthly Waterway Cleanups 

Join volunteers and help clean up Virginia Beach Waterways. Cleanups are usually held on the second Saturday of every month but may be changed to accommodate other opportunities. Most are family-friendly but some may be restricted to water-based activities and require a kayak to participate.

Click on the date you are interested in for more information or to register for a cleanup:

2019 Cleanups:

September 14

October 5

November 9

2020 Cleanups:

January 11

February 8

Results of Lynnhaven River Now’s cleanup efforts are available here. For additional information visit Waterway Cleanups.

Birdwalks at Pleasure House Point

Join us at Pleasure House Point, on 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!

September 7
October 5

**Free of charge**

To register click  HERE

What Should we Anticipate in this year’s General Assembly?

Wednesday, September 11

To Register Click HERE

For more information, call 757-962-5398 or email Karen@LRNow.org

The General Assembly session in Richmond does not begin until January, 2020, but what happens this fall will have a big impact on what we can expect to accomplish in Richmond in January and February, 2020.

As a Dillon Rule state, in Virginia, a city or county must obtain permission from the state legislature if it wishes to pass a law or ordinance which is not specifically permitted under existing state legislation. Here is an example: in Virginia Beach, many people are interested in our being able to put more restrictions on single-use plastic bags and balloons, but we can only do that if the General Assembly gives us that authority. Therefore, in a Dillon Rule state, the actions of the General Assembly take on even greater importance as we address issues of local concern.

LRNow is a proud member of the Virginia Conservation Network (VCN). VCN is a coalition of over one hundred environmental organizations across our state. Throughout the year and during the General Assembly session, VCN works with its partners to provide reliable information on a broad range of environmental issues to member groups, the public, and our elected officials and to keep us all up to date on legislative and administrative actions on those issues.

Each year, VCN works with partners across the state to put together the Briefing Book, Our Common Agenda. This year’s edition is available on the VCN website, http://www.vcnva.org/our-common-agenda/. I hope you will take the time to review this book. If you don’t have time to read the whole thing, these are the papers that are most relevant to our work at LRNow.

Tackling Polluted Runoff — P. 6
Reducing Litter — P. 10
Understanding the Albemarle Watershed — P. 14
Curbing Vehicle Pollution — P. 36
Addressing Sea Level Rise — P. 42
Regional Action on Climate — P. 54
Breaking Down Barriers to Solar — P. 56
Offshore Wind — P. 60
Drilling Off of Our Coast — P. 62
Achieving 2% for Natural Resources — P. 74
Assessing and Enhancing Virginia’s Oyster Stock — P. 96
Ensuring Environmental Justice for All — P. 108

Living Shoreline Workshop

Wednesday September 25th, 6:30pm

Brock Environmental Center (3663 Marlin Bay Drive 23455)


Living Shorelines

Considering a Living Shoreline? Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the most desirable shoreline treatment option and preferred approach to erosion control.

Please join us on Wednesday September 25th, 6:30pm at the Brock Environmental Center (3663 Marlin Bay Drive 23455) to learn how living shorelines preserve important natural connections between aquatic, marine and upland ecosystems.

Donna Bilkovic, Research Associate Professor at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, will discuss the science behind successful living shorelines. Professor Bilkovic has devoted her research to support the development of restoration/conservation strategies and decision-tools for coastal ecosystems.

The workshop will also include a panel of living shoreline experts who will provide information on what they’ve seen work and fail during the implementation process.

Information on Lynnhaven River NOW programs in support of living shoreline and oyster castle consultation opportunities for homeowners will be provided by Vince Bowhers, LRNow’s Pearl Business Coordinator.

Reasons why YOU should consider a living shoreline:

  • Creates a natural buffer that absorbs wave energy and reduces erosion
  • Maintains natural shoreline dynamics
  • Preserves, creates and maintains habitat for aquatic plants and animals
  • Restores critical feeding and nursery habitat for fish
  • Improves water quality and clarity
  • Enhances wetland resiliency to sea level rise
  • Provides credit towards the Lynnhaven River NOW Pearl Home Program


Register HERE for FREE


Presented by: Virginia Conservation Network, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, VIMS & LRNow

Connecting Communities through Gardens

Saturday, September 28th 9am-11am


To Register Click HERE 

Lynnhaven River NOW’s Annual Fall Festival

“Celebrating Trees”

Saturday October 12, 11am-3pm

Mount Trashmore Park


Lynnhaven River Now is excited to host this year’s Annual Fall Festival at Mount Trashmore Park on Saturday October 12th, 11am-3pm. This FREE family-friendly event will include countless educational exhibits, workshops, live music and children’s activities. 70+ vendors will offer healthy, local and sustainable products and services.

As a community, we value our beautiful and bountiful natural resources.   Whether you have lived here your whole life or are brand new to Virginia Beach, the Fall Festival will offer opportunities to learn more about our various watersheds and ways that you can help to protect and restore the waterways, beaches and natural areas that we all cherish.

This year’s festival will launch LRNow’s Year of the Tree campaign. Trees are the super heroes of nature and have amazing powers to clean and improve our environment in nearly every way. Throughout the year, we will be emphasizing the super powers that trees harness. Many of our activities, workshops and exhibits will be focused on the importance of trees with opportunities for you to take a new tree home for your yard.

Lynnhaven River NOW is a local nonprofit that works with residents, businesses, faith communities, schools, and community leaders to restore and protect our Virginia Beach waterways and natural areas.  Our beautiful waterways, delicious local seafood, and diverse recreational opportunities in nature are an important part of why we chose Virginia Beach as our home.  With everyone’s help, our dream of clean, healthy waterways and abundant natural areas is possible.  To find out more information on our organization and how you can help please visit our website at  http://www.lynnhavenrivernow.org/ or follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/LynnhavenRiverNOW/


3k Tree Trot/Fun run at the Fall Festival

We are excited to host a 3k Tree Trot/ fun walk and run at our October 12 Fall Festival from 11am to 3pm at Mount Trashmore Park (310 Edwin Drive VB, 23462). You will get to enjoy reading some fun facts about trees and their importance in our environment.

Adults race ticket $10

Children are FREE 

**Registration includes a t-shirt.

The race will begin at 10:30am–We will meet at the new stage located on the southern shore of lake Trashmore. You will pick up your T-shirt at the beginning of the race.

To Register Click HERE

Trees & Me

Virginia Beach Student Art Contest

We are excited to showcase beautiful pieces of art created by students at this year’s Annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 12th 11am-3pm. The Art Contest focuses on trees and their importance. We would love for you to participate! Click on the links below for more information and entry form. Please ensure that all requirements are met.

Trees and Me VB Student Art Contest Instructions 

Entry Form

2019 Candidates Forums

October Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm Every Vote Counts

Whether it is on our own City Council or the General Assembly in Richmond, who represents you is very important. And all of those who aspire to represent us need to know what issues are important to you. Come out to our Candidates Forums in October and find out where your potential representatives stand on the issues that are important to you.

Remember, everyone votes for every office on the ballot in Virginia Beach, not just your district

Wednesday, October 2nd, 6:30 -8:30 PM – City of Virginia Beach races
Zeider’s Theater, Town Center

Beach City Council District
Guy Tower
Rosemary Wilson

Rose Hall City Council District
Michael Berlucchi
Conrad Schesventer

City Treasurer
Laura Wood Habr
Leigh Henderson
Ralph Parnum

Clerk of the Circuit Court
Tina Sinnen

To find out your State Delegate and State Senate Districts, go to VPAP.org and enter your address. Then come to the appropriate Forums.

Wednesday, October 9th, 6:30-8:30 – House of Delegates races for the districts in the
southern part of Virginia Beach
Location to be determined

House District 21
Kelly Convirs-Fowler
Shannon Kane

House District 84
Glenn Davis
Karen Mallard

House District 81
Barry Knight
Len Myers

Wednesday, October 16th, 6:30-8:30 – House of Delegates races for the districts in the northern part of Virginia Beach
Zeider’s Theater, Town Center

House District 83
Nancy Guy
Chris Stolle

House District 82
Gayle Johnson
Jason Miyares

House District 85
Alex Askew
Rocky Holcomb

Wednesday, October 23rd, 6:30-8:30 – State Senate races for districts that include parts of Virginia Beach
Zeider’s Theater, Town Center
Senate District 6
Elizabeth Lankford
Lynwood Lewis

Senate District 7
Jen Kiggans
Cheryl Turpin

Senate District 8
Missy Cotter Smasal
Bill DeSteph

Senate District 14
John Cosgrove
Rebecca Raveson