Waterway Cleanups

Volunteer to help keep our waterways clean and healthy.

Lynnhaven River NOW hosts cleanups along our Virginia Beach waterways every month (except December) to remove marine debris, improve water quality and keep our city’s waters healthy and safe. Cleanups may be land-based and/or water-based depending on the location chosen for any given month. Please know what type of cleanup you are signing up for so that you understand what to expect when you arrive.

Cleanups are usually held on the second Saturday of every month, unless a date is change to coordinate with a partner event. 


Results of Lynnhaven River NOW’s cleanup efforts are available here.

 Please register if you plan to participate in a cleanup so you do not miss important information. Coordinators email details about meetup locations, dress, safety concerns and weather updates to registered participants by email.



For more information call our office (757) 962-5398 or email


About LRNow Waterway Cleanups

Waterway cleanups occur monthly on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 9 a.m. until noon. Dates may be changed to accommodate partnership and event opportunities. A rain date may be announced for certain sites. Cleanups may be land- and/or water-based. Most cleanups are family-friendly events.

Participants are required to provide their own kayak and PFD (required) for water-based cleanups. Larger watercraft are not appropriate due to the limitations at launch sites.

Appropriate dress and shoe wear are required. Cleanups usually occur in brushy, thorny, and muddy terrain which require full body protection. Closed-toed, sturdy shoes that can get wet and dirty should be worn for land-based cleanups. Water shoes are appropriate in kayaks only. Bare feet are never permitted. Hats, sunscreen, insect repellent and a reusable water bottle are recommended.

Equipment and supplies provided at the cleanup:

  • Trash bags
  • Work gloves
  • Grabbers (limited supply available)

Cleanups are led by highly trained volunteers and staff of Lynnhaven River NOW. Directions and safety information are provided at the beginning of each cleanup event. A first aid kit is always available for minor medical needs. Any unique medical situations should be discussed with the cleanup leader before going into the field.

If dangerous weather cancels or postpones a cleanup, registered participants will receive an email by 8 a.m. the day of the cleanup.


 This program is possible thanks to LRN’s dedicated Stewardship & Access Committee Volunteers.


2022 Waterway Cleanup Schedule 


July 9th – Beach Garden Park, water and land cleanup

August 13th – Thalia Kayak Launch, water cleanup with some land opportunities

September 10th – Location pending



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