US Army Corps of Engineers
Norfolk District

Lynnhaven River Ecosystem Restoration

Published Oct. 9, 2018

The Lynnhaven River Basin covers 64 square miles within the city limits of Virginia Beach, Virginia. The River includes 150 miles of shoreline, hundreds of acres of marsh, mudflats, shallow water habitats and is the largest tidal estuary in Virginia.

Over the years the Lynnhaven River has lost submerged aquatic vegetation, oyster reef habitat, wetland habitat, bay scallops and has experienced a reduction in water quality. The river has seen an increase in siltation and invasive species.

As laid out in Executive Order 13508-- Chesapeake Bay Protection and Restoration, and again in the 2014 Chesapeake Bay Agreement, the Lynnhaven River has been identified as one of 10 tributaries to be restored by 2025 in Virginia and Maryland.

Project Features

Through out multiple phases the ecosystem restoration project includes: creating 31 acres of new reef habitat, restoring 38 acres of wetlands and restoring 94 acres of submerged aquatic vegetation.

Phase One

Includes 6.99 acres of wetlands restoration near Princess Anne High School, and restoring1.61 acres of wetlands near Thalia Lynn Baptist Church. This phase of the project also includes creating seven acres of new reef habitat andsevenacres of submerged aquatic vegetation.

Phase Two

Projects have not been identified.

 

Public Open House Graphics 

The USACE is the lead federal agency and the City of Virginia Beach is the non-federal sponsor.
The purpose of the project is the restoration of three different habitats:
LYNNHAVEN RIVER BASIN ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION—PHASE 1
The USACE is the lead federal agency and the City of Virginia Beach is the non-federal sponsor. The purpose of the project is the restoration of three different habitats:  Wetlands  Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV); and  Reef Habitat. The Lynnhaven River Basin Ecosystem Restoration was the only USACE funded, new start ecosystem restoration project in the country in Fiscal Year 2018.
Photo By: Sheree Perry
VIRIN: 181009-A-EN999-100
The Lynnhaven is a priority, Tier I Tributary in Virginia for native oyster restoration designated by the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team.
WHY RESTORE THE LYNNHAVEN RIVER?
Largest Tidal Estuary in Virginia Beach. Some of most important recreational areas in Virginia for fishing, boating, crabbing, bird-watching and shellfishing. Is home to important nursery, foraging grounds, nesting areas and migratory habitat for fish and wildlife resources. Engaged federal, state, and local agencies as well as non-profit organizations and public. Lynnhaven is a priority, Tier I Tributary in Virginia for native oyster restoration designated by the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team.
Photo By: Sheree Perry
VIRIN: 181009-A-EN999-101
 
Phase 1, the Pilot Project, will restore 6 acres of SAV habitat with a fringe reef near Long Creek adjacent to First Landing State Park.
SAV & Reef Habitat Restoration Phase 1 Graphic
Focuses on restoring populations of Zostera marina (eelgrass) and Ruppia maritime (widgeon grass) in areas where seagrass was historically abundant. Phase 1, the Pilot Project, will restore 6 acres of SAV habitat with a fringe reef near Long Creek adjacent to First Landing State Park.
Photo By: Sheree Perry
VIRIN: 181009-A-EN999-105
 
Phase 1 of the Lynnhaven Ecosystem Restoration Project will restore approximately 8 acres of subaqueous reef near Dix Creek using dome shaped reef structures.
REEF HABITAT RESTORATION—PHASE 1
Phase 1 of the Lynnhaven Ecosystem Restoration Project will restore approximately 8 acres of subaqueous reef near Dix Creek using dome shaped reef structures.
Photo By: Sheree Perry
VIRIN: 181009-A-EN999-106
 
Phase 1 will restore 8.5 acres of wetland and riparian buffer habitat at Princess Anne High School and Thalia Lynn Baptist Church adjacent to Thalia Creek, a tributary of the Lynnhaven River.
PRINCESS ANNE WETLAND RESTORATION—PHASE 1
Phase 1 will restore 8.5 acres of wetland and riparian buffer habitat at Princess Anne High School and Thalia Lynn Baptist Church adjacent to Thalia Creek, a tributary of the Lynnhaven River.
Photo By: Sheree Perry
VIRIN: 181009-A-EN999-102
 
In alignment with Virginia Standard of Learning Objectives, students will actively learn about the resources and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and its tributaries.
OUTDOOR LIVING CLASSROOM
In alignment with Virginia Standard of Learning Objectives, students will actively learn about the resources and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and its tributaries.
Photo By: Sheree Perry
VIRIN: 181009-A-EN999-103
 
Navigation needs and public safety were carefully considered during site selection and incorporated into the project designs.
NAVIGATION NEEDS, PUBLIC SAFETY, AND AESTHETICS
Navigation needs and public safety were carefully considered during site selection and incorporated into the project designs.
Photo By: Sheree Perry
VIRIN: 181009-A-EN999-104
REEF HABITAT SPECIFICATIONS
REEF HABITAT SPECIFICATIONS
Protective Voids  Rounded, dome-shaped design for safety  Submerged, low profile design  1’ high x 1.5’ diameter for stability  Type V Marine Grade Concrete for durability
Photo By: Sheree Perry
VIRIN: 181009-A-EN999-107
 


Project News

Information regarding Lynnhaven River Basin Ecosystem Restoration Project made available
8/7/2019 UPDATED
Norfolk District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the city of Virginia Beach are holding an informational meeting about Phase 1 of the Lynnhaven River Basin Ecosystem Restoration Project, the...
Corps, city postpone Lynnhaven meeting
6/5/2019
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the city of Virginia Beach have cancelled the public meeting scheduled for Monday, June 10 from 6– 7:30 p.m. at the city of Virginia Beach Municipal Center,...
Virginia Beach, Corps to host open house for Lynnhaven Ecosystem Restoration Project
10/31/2018
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the City of Virginia Beach are hosting an informational meeting about the Lynnhaven River Basin Ecosystem Restoration Project on Wednesday, September 12...
Virginia Beach, Corps to host open house for Lynnhaven Ecosystem Restoration Project
10/10/2018
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the City of Virginia Beach are hosting an informational meeting about the Lynnhaven River Basin Ecosystem Restoration Project today, Wednesday, October 10...

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