VIRGINIA BEACH -- Wendy and Sid Vaughn live in the Ocean Park neighborhood near the Lynnhaven River. From their front yard to their backyard, they are a great example of what the Lynnhaven River Now Group calls a "Pearl Home."
"So we don't have to worry about fertilizers and so forth. We've got a lot of native plants out there that help with runoff help prevent runoff," said Wendy Vaughn.
Along the side of their home, they've placed gravel to guide the runoff as well as a couple of barrels to catch the rainwater that they reuse to water plants and veggies.
"Had a rain barrel made as part of a Lynnhaven River Now workshop and needed to put in a small section of gutters to trap the waters to put in the rain barrel. And that was fairly easy to do-it-yourself job," said Sid Vaughn.
The Vaughns installed labels on drains that let people know they feed the river. Their outdoor shower drains towards plants. They also installed pavers with no mortar to allow water to seep into the ground."
"The response has been terrific as we just launched this program a little over a month ago, and we have a little over 170 homes enrolled right now," said Karen Forget, executive director of Lynnhaven River Now.
The goal is to reach 500 homes next year.