Thursday, August 23, 2018

September News and Events

We're cancelling the land side of our big cleanup this Saturday but the water borne cleanup WILL GO ON AS PLANNED. Cleanup starts, Saturday, 9/22, 9 am, along the Indian River. We're expecting about a dozen boats on the water.

There are still a few opportunities to join us on the water even if you don't have a boat. If you are interested in participating, please contact

River Cleanup by Canoe/Kayak 
Date: Saturday, Sept 22,  9 AM to Noon

This is a "Bring Your Own Boat" event.  If you have a boat but no where to put in along the river, contact us to make arrangements on where to put in.  If you'd like to participate but have no boat, contact us as we expect a few opportunities for someone to take an extra person.

***** If you plan to participate, it is important to let us know so that we can plan appropriately and provide additional information on where we will gather.  Please RSVP to ******

Please also review safety information including the Safety Plan and Canoe/Kayak Safety.

Riverfest has been rescheduled to October 6th!

RiverFest Indian River
Date: Saturday, Oct 6, 11 am to 4 pm
Location: Tanglewood Neighborhood in Indian River, on the grounds of St. Brides Episcopal Church, 621 Sparrow Road, Chesapeake (3 blocks north from Irwin's) (Rain Date: October 6)

It's almost here and it's going to be a blast. The annual event organized by the Elizabeth River Project will be in our area this year and promises loads of fun and lots of great information.   This will be a dog friendly event and there'll be a bicycle valet.

Visit the Science Dome and learn what’s in our river.  Tons of cool FREE Kids Activities. Bring Your Dog. Earn Your FREE River Star Home Garden Flag. Visit the Native Plant Sale. Adopt a River Otter. Live Music and food. Earn a NEW Elizabeth River Girl Scout Patch. See the Scoop the Poop Relay with a River Theme Dog Costume Contest.

Monthly Meeting: How the City of Nofolk handles Resiliency and Development Standards
Date: Thursday, Sept 20,  7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Location: Oaklette United Methodist Church, 520 Oaklette Dr.

From our neighbor city Norfolk, Zoning Administrator Bobby Tajan will talk to us about Norfolk's new zoning ordinance with an emphasis on the resiliency and development standards for new construction.  This will give us some useful insights on how other cities are approaching infill development and dealing with flooding; information that we can use as we start to talk with Chesapeake about the Indian River Small Area Plan in the next year.   

We'll also have updates on the work of Chesapeake's Mayor's Advisory Committee on the Comprehensive Plan, the latest on Aqua Virginia, and other local news.

There will be light refreshments and door prizes after the meeting.

Other News

A big thank you to the sailors from the USS George Washington (CVN 73) and the Elizabeth River Project for coming out on August 18th to help with our Adopt-A-Road cleanup along Indian River Road. The Navy made quick work of cleaning up from the Post Office out to Wingfield Avenue, including under and around the bridge and the site of the future Heron Landing Park. All together about 160 lbs of litter were collected including several lbs of aluminum cans that we took over to the Chesapeake Animal Services shelter. (Proceeds from the aluminum recycling there helps provide medical care for animals at the shelter).

Just a nice picture from the Native Plant Garden at Indian River Park.  Thank you to our volunteer gardeners who maintain the site.  If you'd like to help, reply back to this e-mail.
The City is holding its first ever Keep Chesapeake Beautiful Photo Calendar Contest! Submit up to three photographs that highlight the beauty and splendor of the City of Chesapeake. Photographs of Chesapeake parks, recreation centers, events, trails, athletic facilities, public spaces, and waterways, in all four seasons, will be strongly considered. All photographs must be taken in the City of Chesapeake. Open to both professional and amateur photographers. Entries due by September 7th. Each winning photographer will receive $100 prize plus a copy of the 2019 Keep Chesapeake Beautiful Calendar.

Aqua Virginia Acquisition: As of August 23rd, we still waiting to hear that the sales contract between Aqua Virginia and the City has been signed.  The word is that they are close ....

Oaklette United Methodist Church has one more Harvest Exchange scheduled for  September 15, 9:00 am–12:00 pm. If you have some extra garden produce from your garden but are lacking something else, this is your chance to make an exchange. You can bring something/take something. The exchange is free–no money is involved.

You can now also become a member of the Friends of Indian River, renew your membership, or make a donation online at

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