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shell iconMore than 25000 students and teachers in our public and private schools this year were trained to be watershed stewards of the future. Seventy-eight Virginia Beach schools earned our Pearl School Award.  We also launched out preschool program, SPAT, and the Junior Master Naturalists program to rave reviews.

shell iconMore than 48 percent of the Lynnhaven meets the rigorous water quality standard for shellfish harvest and 90% meets the swimmable/fishable standard.  Fifteen years ago, no one thought this was possible.

shell icon15,000 citizens learned more about the river through our various education and outreach efforts – workshops, presentations, bicycle, kayak and walking tours, cleanups, and our Fall Festival.

shell iconAlmost 3,000 yards in Virginia Beach fly Pearl Home flags that recognize homeowners who are making thoughtful decisions about their impact on our environment.  They planted more than 200 native plants and trees this year.

shell iconWe did consultations for many property owners across Virginia Beach to help with shoreline management and drainage questions.

shell iconOur cleanup volunteers removed more than 6,000 pounds of trash from our Virginia Beach waterways this year.

shell iconWe worked with homeowners to build oyster castle reefs and living shorelines and collected more than 4,000 bushels of shells in our Save Oyster Shell program that was used to build a 1.5 acre sanctuary reef in the Eastern Branch.

shell iconOur Pearl Faith communities reduced stormwater runoff from their property, recycled more, planted more trees and native plants, bough greener products and reduced energy use.

terrapin iconOur staff and volunteers took 96 water quality samples this past year and we collected spat data from 25 locations in the Lynnhaven.




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February 2018

Stewardship & Access Committee MeetingEdit Event
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February 21, 2018
06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

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.


The Lynnhaven Trashion ShowEdit Event
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February 24, 2018
01:00 PM - 07:00 PM

The Lynnhaven Trashion Show

February 24th 2018

Trashion Show:
Lynnhaven Mall, Center Court

Middle School Show: 1-3 p.m.
High School Show: 5-7 p.m.

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5th Annual TRASHion Show Turns Garbage into Glamorous Fashion
Saturday, February 24, Lynnhaven Mall Show to Feature Middle & High School Students

(Virginia Beach) – On Saturday, February 24 middle and high school students will take the stage for the fifth year at Center Court in Lynnhaven Mall showing off their “Garbage Glam” in a runway fashion show presented by Lynnhaven River Now and Lynnhaven Mall.

The show was created as a way for local students to show off their fashion sense while demonstrating an understanding of the value and importance of reusing items whenever possible. Using only repurposed materials, student designers and models partner to present original creations in a runway fashion show competition.

“This is a friendly competition among students whose creations are made from what they can rescue from trash cans or recycling bins,” said Jody Ullman, Education Coordinator for Lynnhaven River Now. “It’s also a fun way to teach us all about rethinking trash”.

The program will include a high school show starting at 1 p.m., and a middle school program at 5 p.m. emceed by Kurt Williams (Anchor for WTKR). Judges will present awards for creativity and style, and the crowd will be invited to vote for a special People’s Choice Award. In addition, the high schools will again vie for the traveling “Principal’s Pride Award” for overall school efforts to promote sustainability both on and off the runway.

Cox, First Colonial, Landstown, Tallwood and Renaissance Academy high schools, and Brandon, Independence, Princess Anne, and Virginia Beach middle schools will all be rocking the runway this year.

There will be entertainment by local schools between the shows.

Lynnhaven River NOW, celebrating its 16th year, is comprised of more than 8,000 members committed to clean and healthy waterways throughout Virginia Beach. Through public awareness, educational programs and restoration initiatives, LRNow works to identify and reduce pollution, engage the community and restore lost habitats. -Video and information from the 2016 Trashion Show