Stewardship and Access Committee
Organize and encourage participation in the well-being of the LynnhavenRiver, its watershed and Virginia Beach’s waterways
- Schedule, organize and lead cleanups on or along Virginia Beach waterways
- Encourage civic and community engagement
- Provide hands-on education through activities and waterway cleanups
- Protect and maintain access to local waterways
- Waterway cleanups (see more information below)
- Citizen Science Water Quality Monitoring Program
- Adopt-a-spot Program
- Access waterways by visiting:
- Become a member of Lynnhaven River NOW
- Shop AmazonSmile to support Lynnhaven River NOW
- Link your Kroger Rewards Card to Lynnhaven River NOW
Waterway cleanups occur monthly on the 2nd Saturday of each month (winter months excluded) from 9 a.m. until noon. A rain date will be announced, if necessary. 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 water craft are usually not appropriate due to the limitations at launch sites.
Appropriate dress and shoe wear required. Cleanups may 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 and insect repellent are recommended. A reusable water bottle is also recommended.
Equipment and supplies provided at the cleanups include:
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, it will be announced on the Lynnhaven River Now’s Facebook page by 8 a.m. on the day of the cleanup. Registered participants will receive an email by 8 a.m. the day of the cleanup.
Results of Lynnhaven River Now’s cleanup efforts are available here.
Volunteers are encouraged to register in advance for cleanups by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 757-962-5398.
Interested in learning more about waterway cleanups? Watch Chris Reckling’s Reck on the Road:Lynnhaven River NOW video.
Meeting Schedule :
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.
HOW YOU CAN HELP THE ENVIRONMENT
PEARL HOMES are places where people care about our environment and want to do what they can to l help protect our resources.
Lynnhaven River NOW recognizes schools providing outstanding environmental education as a Pearl School.
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.