Covering the northern half of the City of Virginia Beach, the Lynnhaven River watershed was once world known for its oysters. But as the city's population exploded in the 20th century and land turned from farmland to suburbia, the water quality suffered dearly. In 2003 a small group of local residents got together to rally the community to reduce pollution in the Lynnhaven River Watershed. They worked to mobilize public and private resources to foster improvements. That original core group has now grown in an award winning organization with over 3000 members called Lynnhaven River Now. Through their efforts sizable expanses of the Lynnhaven have been re-opened to oyster harvest, land has been preserved from development, and community awareness has been raised.
The Indian River watershed is only a tenth of size of the Lynnhaven, but we share many of the same concerns. At our next meeting, Helen Kuhns, Education and Outreach Coordinator for Lynnhaven River Now, will come to speak to us about how Lynnhaven River Now got started and their keys to success. Please join us on June 14th at 7 pm at the Oaklette United Methodist Church for this interesting presentation.
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