Events and Programs

Lafayette Save Oyster Shell (S.O.S) Program

If you want to support the Lafayette Save Oyster Shell (S.O.S) program, take your oyster shell to either of the following locations: 

  • Larchmont Library, 6525 Hampton Boulevard (place your shells under the Birdsong Wetlands kiosk)
  • Norfolk's Waste Management Facility, 1176 Pineridge Road, off of Azalea Garden Road (enter to the right of the building near the Electonics/Hazardous Household Waste Recycling area). Hours for the Waste Management Facility are Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m to 2 p.m., for Norfolk residents. 

The following Norfolk restaurants also participate in this program by serving oysters and recycling the shells. 

  • O'Sullivan's Restaurant

For more information on S.O.S. programs, contact Jackie Shannon, CBF Oyster Restoration Specialist

Spat Catcher Program

A unique group of volunteer spat catchers is playing a vital role in CBF's efforts to improve the health of the Lafayette River. Each spring, volunteers receive a small cage with 50 clean oyster shells to suspend with a rope from their piers and docks.  Over the next five months when oysters spawn, these volunteers hope to attract swimming larvae looking for a hard surface on which to land or "set." Once they do, they become spat, or baby oysters. Learn More

logo: Lafayette RiverFest w/ transparent background Lafayette RiverFest 2013

Mark your calendars for RiverFest 2013, Saturday April 27, from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information check the Lafayette River RiverFest website.  

Cover of The Plan for Restoring the Lafayette River
"The Plan for Restoring the Lafayette River," released April 27, 2011, serves as a guide for community efforts to make the river fishable and swimmable by 2014.

Download the plan (pdf)

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