About

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The major factor that caused the degradation of the Lynnhaven River is also now the river’s biggest strength and hope for the future: PEOPLE.

In 2002, a committed group of local citizens came together to foster partnerships that would apply public and private resources to the challenge of reducing pollution in the Lynnhaven. That core group formed the nucleus of what has grown into an award winning river restoration project with over 8,000 members called Lynnhaven River NOW. “Now” because the work of restoring and protecting the beautiful Lynnhaven River is something that we can do NOW for ourselves and for our children and grandchildren.

Our goal is a clean and healthy Lynnhaven River and our objectives are:

  • To identify and reduce sources of contamination in the river; reduce nutrients, sediments and chemicals running off of our lawns, parking lots, roadways and out of our septic systems.
  • To educate and engage the community and partner organizations in restoring and protecting the Lynnhaven River.
  • To restore lost habitats such as oyster reefs, salt marshes, and other buffers that help to filter polluted runoff and protect the river and its marine life.

Become a member and get involved in this effort today.
Together we will make a difference!

Lynnhaven River Now

CONTACT US

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Lynnhaven River Now
Brock Environment Center
3663 Marlin Bay Drive
Virginia Beach, VA, 23455

EVENTS CALENDAR

October 2017

Landscape for Life

October 3, 2017
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Events

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PHP Birdwalk

October 7, 2017
07:30 AM
Bird Walk

Join us for a guided bird walk and enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna at Pleasure House Point!

To sign up e-mail Dana@lrnow.org or call our office (757)962-5398

Bird & Plant Walk

October 7, 2017
07:30 AM - 09:00 AM
Bird Walk

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!

Email Dana@lrnow.org or call 757-962-5398 to sign up!

LRNow Fall Festival

October 7, 2017
11:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Events

FF 2017

FF Schedule 2017

 

Vendors

Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum
Aveda
Buy Fresh Buy Local Hampton Roads
Carolyn Osmond, Artist
Chesapeake Bay Foundation - Hampton Roads Office
The Chrysler Museum of Art
Ebbing Tides Stand Up Paddle Boards •Sales •Lessons •Eco Tours
Ginger Jenkot, Ceramic Artist
Gorman's Handpainted Glass
Great Outdoor Provision Co.
Girl Scouts
Heather Donis Designs Mobile Paint Parties
HR Green Network
HRSD
Jessamyn Manzeralla, Artist
Jr Master Naturalists
Leaping Lizard Cafe-Shore Drive
Nautical Nature Co.
Neighborhood Harvest
Norfolk Botanical Garden
O'Hellyeah
Ran With Scissors
Sierra Club
Solar Services
Three Ships Coffee
US Green Building Council
Sensible Seafood Program Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
VA Bee Co
VB Public Library
ViBe Creative District
Wildlife Response, Inc
The First Tee of Hampton Roads
Virginia Beach SPCA - Virginia Beach
Anna Freeman, ceramic artist
doTERRA Essential Oils Wellness Education
Eco Maniac Company
Fit4Mom Virginia Beach & Chesapeake
Grandpa and Sons Kettle Corn
J Glynn Winters
Mothers Outfront
Oberweis Dairy
Princess Anne County/Virginia Beach Historical Society
Rose and Womble Foundation
Sofrito, Cast Iron Catering Inc
Southern Branch Nursery
Virginia Master Naturalist Program
Viv's Sew Crazy and Ilona & Co
Music by Paul Jarman
Build your own Vermiculture Bin Workshop $35.00 by Master gardener, Eileen Walsh
Leave No Trace and 10 Essentials for Hiking REI
Paddleboarding Free Demo and Eco-Tour $20 by Ebbing Tides Stand Up Paddle Boards •Sales •Lessons •Eco Tours
Learn about Red Wigglers for Children Worshop by Maury Joy
Cooking Demonstration by Leaping Lizard Cafe-Shore Drive
Face painting
Nature Walk
Building Tours
Food by Lucky Peach

Landscape for Life

October 10, 2017
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
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9th Annual Candidates Forum

October 12, 2017
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

9th Annual Candidates Forum
Thursday, October 12th, 6:30 PM
Old Donation School, 4633 Honeygrove Road
Building Tour prior to the Forum at 5:15











Vote Nov 7




Virginia Beach has six Delegates who represent us in the House of Delegates in the General Assembly in Richmond.  All six are up for reelection this year and every incumbent is opposed.
 
Come to our 9th Annual Candidates Forum on Thursday, October 12th, at our newest Virginia Beach School, Old Donation School, on the corner of Independence and Honeygrove Rd in the Haygood area, to hear from all 12 candidates and decide who deserves your vote on November 7th.  Doors open at 6:00 and we will begin at 6:30.  Forum ends at 8:30.  
 
There will be a tour of the new building offered at 5:15.  It is a very sustainable building with many lessons for all of us.  It will make you wish you were back in school.  Please register ahead for the building tour at Dana@LRNow.org.

River Cleanup

October 14, 2017
09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Events

Birchwood Malibu Park Cleanup
Date: Saturday, October 14th
Time: 9am-12pm
Location: Birchwood Malibu Park,
3632 Royal Palm Arch Virginia Beach, 23452

To register, please call 757-962-5398 or email Dana@LRNow.org. For more information, visit:
http://whitpeace.com/River/RCs/20171014_BirchwoodMalibuPark

 

 

terrapin iconMEET THE TEAM

Karen Forget
Executive Director
When you grow up on an organic farm and then live on a sailboat in the Chesapeake for three years, it’s only natural to become an advocate for the environment. As Director of Lynnhaven River NOW since 2005, Karen gives the river a critical voice in public policy decisions from here to the State Capitol while inspiring our efforts to protect our natural resources and create clean and healthy waterways in Virginia Beach. With a Bachelor’s from Purdue University, a Master’s from the College of William and Mary and a Certificate of Non-Profit Management, Karen has enjoyed living in Virginia since 1976. She has four sons and three granddaughters.
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Trista Imrich
Restoration Projects Coordinator
Trista Imrich is the Restoration Coordinator for Lynnhaven River Now. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, she attended The Ohio State University for her undergraduate degree as part of the Navy ROTC program. During her 6.5 years as a Naval Surface Warfare Officer, she completed a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy and Management, and left the Navy to pursue her environmental interests. Trista is a Virginia Certified Horticulturist (VCH) with a passion for conservation landscape design, habitat restoration, and stormwater management. She lives with her husband, Chris, a Virginia Beach native and veterinarian, and their two dogs, Jones and William.
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Jody Ullmann
Pearl Schools Coordinator
Jody Ullmann is always thinking about ways to get people outside and learning about our natural environment. Jody came to LRNow with vast experience as an environmental educator for our National Parks, at the Virginia Living Museum, through her own non-profit, Mud Puddle Science, and with the Master Naturalist Program. She is a dedicated educator and has successfully grown our outreach to teachers, students and families through our Pearl Schools Program.
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Pam  Northam
Currently on Leave of Absence
Pam Northam started her work with LRNow as a standout Pearl School teacher. She has brought that lifelong commitment to environmental education and awareness, as a member of our staff now, to our Pearl Faith Community Program. A native Texan ( Baylor University and the University of Texas ) she loves her adopted home in Virginia. Pam knows how to inspire people and communities to stretch themselves and make a commitment to more sustainable practices and love doing it.
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Dana  Sizemore
Administrative Assistant
Growing up in the Lynnhaven River Watershed, Dana Sizemore is a rare local in the area. Dana brings a broad and extensive background to the team including retail and office management to teaching preschool. She has served as Secretary for Surfrider Foundation, been an active volunteer with Surfer’s Healing, and helped begin an after school program at Cooke Elementary to educate children on organic and sustainable farming. When she’s not working with the team at Lynnhaven River NOW, Dana loves spending time with her husband Mark, daughters Zoe and Kai, and their two crazy dogs.
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Laurie  Sorabella
Oyster Scientist
Laurie Sorabella has been called the Oyster Queen. And you will be hard-pressed to find anyone who knows more about those wonderful bivalves that are so important to our marine ecosystem. Laurie has been with LRNow since the beginning of our organization and has had an unwavering commitment to restoring our native oysters. She has helped us build 62 acres of sanctuary oyster reef, grow our oyster castle programs, establish our spat catcher program and complete an annual survey of our oyster population. Laurie is well prepared for this work with a Master of Science degree from the College of William and Mary where she specialized in oyster and water quality restoration.
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Joe  Randall
Save Oyster Shell Program Coordinator
Joe Randall is the Save Oyster Shell Program Coordinator. Joe is a native to the Tidewater region. Growing up on the water, Joe developed a great amount of respect for the Lynnhaven and the shellfish harvested from it. Joe enjoys spending time with his wife and twin girls.
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Emily Hatfield
Development and Communications
Emily Hatfield is the Development and Communications Coordinator for Lynnhaven River Now. Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, her weekends were often spent on the water, sailing with her parents in Deltaville, VA. Emily attended Old Dominion University where she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Community Health. Emily has two older sisters and an older brother. She currently lives in Virginia Beach with her husband, Jason and son.
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Brent  James
Oyster Restoration Coordinator
After a 27-year career as a Navy fighter pilot, Brent was a founder of an international cargo airline, Gemini Air Cargo, and subsequently of PEOPLExpress Airlines, as the VP of Operations with both. He lives on the Lynnhaven and has been active in environmental work for many years. His property has been designated as a Backyard Wildlife Habitat and has a residential oyster reef along the shoreline. His undergrad was at the US Naval Academy and grad school was at Harvard University. He is in training to become a Virginia Master Naturalist.
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Helen  Kuhns
Pearl Homes & Pearl Business Coordinator
Helen brings over twenty-five years of nonprofit experience in environmental and conservation education and outreach to Lynnhaven River Now as the Pearl Homes & Pearl Business Coordinator. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology, focusing on environmental science from Christopher Newport University and has a Certificate in Non-Profit Management. A native of Tidewater and growing up in the Lynnhaven watershed, Helen believes that developing a personal connection to our natural resources is the first step in conserving our world for future generations.
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Terri Gorman
Event Coordinator
Terri Gorman is the Event Coordinator for Lynnhaven River Now. Terri attended Virginia Wesleyan College where she completed her liberal arts degree in Sociology and Studio Arts. Like her liberal arts degree, she brings a broad base of experience to Lynnhaven River Now. She has over 20 years experience in business sales, management and development. Along with years of experience in sales and event coordinating in the Arts. Born in the Appalachian Mountains and raised in a rural town in Connecticut, Terri has made Virginia Beach her home for past 25 years where she enjoys the beauty of the Lynnhaven. She credits her father for teaching her to respect and protect nature and the environment. In her spare time, Terri can be found creating art or walking her dog Daisy along the Virginia Beach waterways.
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Penny  Moulis
Pearl Faith Communities
A native Virginian, Penny Moulis grew up in Arlington where her father took her for many childhood adventures in nature. She earned her B.S. degree in Mathematics at the College of William and Mary, and her career was in IT. She was in the first class of Tidewater Master Naturalists, and helped found the Friends of Live Oaks. Especially interested in the intersection of spirituality and science, she completed a Doctor of Ministry degree in Creation Spirituality. Since then she has volunteered with church 'green teams' and serves on the Stewardship Commission for the Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia. She works with faith communities to encourage sustainable practices on their properties and in their homes.
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terrapin icon2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

  • Andrew Fine

  • Lillie Gilbert

  • Steve Herbert

  • Brent James

  • Dave Jester

  • Harry Lester

  • Cathy Maston

  • Bob Miller

  • Gene Ross

  • Richard Serpe

  • Bob Wells

  • Karen Forget

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