Clean Rivers Day 2014 Success Again

18 Apr
April 18, 2014

Once again CRD was a big success. 24 teams, 177 volunteers picked up 6392 pounds of trash which included 26 tires. Strange item winners were Team Wagonbach with a crack pipe and Team Heave Ho Promotions with a box spring and mattress set. I hope Dean does not Continue to ride around showing people the crack pipe he found! Ha Ha! I.P. and The Franklin Garden Club tied with most volunteers at 35 each. Team I.P. had the most weight picked up with 1500 pounds. Team Ben Cutchins won the Heavy Hauler title for picking up 150 pounds of trash by himself. Thanks to all the teams that participated on a day that turned out just right for doing that kind of work. The City of Franklin and Southampton County really helped also by collecting teams bags and taking the “extra” garbage and debris at the county dump sites. The river was very high this year so the few teams that were on the river had a tough time. I’m hoping next year we can have more boat teams on the rivers. There are so many fishermen and boaters in this area, if we could get a tenth of those numbers to get on the river it would be great. Thanks again for all the teams hard work. Pictures that teams submitted are in the galley. Teams participating this year were ( in no order) Read more →

March 12, 2014 Meeting Minutes

11 Apr
April 11, 2014

As recorded by Felice Hancock, Recording Secretary

The meeting had 10 members present, with Board of Directors attending as follows: Jeff Turner, Curtis Newsome, Nancy Turner, and Anne Parker. President Curtis Newsome opened the meeting with a welcome. Read more →

Clean Rivers Day 2014

08 Apr
April 8, 2014

Clean Rivers Day 2014 on April 12th (Saturday) is a community effort to clean up on and around the Blackwater & Nottoway Rivers. This 13th annual clean up is accomplished by teams and individuals going out on our rivers, streams and ditches, parking lots, even your yard or wherever, and picking up litter, trash and other junk. To date we have removed over 80,000 pounds of trash from our little piece of the world. CRD is a great opportunity for folks to contribute to the health of the community we live in. As always I will have litter getters and bags for those who need them. Teams or individuals can pick their own locations or I can find you one. Look for places like where roads cross a stream, places where the trash could be carried to the rivers. If you pick your own location it is very important that you let me know where that is so I will not send another team there. My advice is to go ahead and start looking around at river and swamp bridge crossings or ditches etc. in your area as a place for you or your team to clean up. We really need more boat teams or individual boaters or fishermen to go out on the water and pick-up. I have extra long litter getters for that purpose. Teams can pick what time of day they want to work and how long. Teams need to keep count of bag and participant totals, and totals of tires etc. Make note of your “most unusual item found” and be sure to take pictures to send to me. More details will follow when you sign up. Email me at blknotkpr@earthlink.net or call me at 562-5173 to get signed up. This is a great community event to get involved in. Please put this date on your organizations Calendar now.

WE NEED BOAT TEAMS< REPEAT WE NEED BOAT TEAMS

Jeff Turner
Blackwater Nottoway Riverkeeper

February 2014 Meeting Minutes

02 Apr
April 2, 2014

As recorded by Felice Hancock, Recording Secretary

The meeting had 10 members present, with Board of Directors attending as follows: Jeff Turner, Curtis Newsome, Nancy Turner, and Anne Parker. President Curtis Newsome opened the meeting with a welcome. As pointed out by Jeff Turner and President Newsome, the February meeting was cancelled due to weather and the minutes were approved by e-mail. Read more →

March 14 Riverkeeper Patrol

17 Mar
March 17, 2014

Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 14th through the 16th on the Nottoway in the Courtland area. The water was 46 degrees and high at 10.5 ft on the USGS gauge in Sebrell. Read more →

March 13th Riverkeeper Patrol

13 Mar
March 13, 2014

Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 8th through the 11th, yes FOUR days on the Blackwater below Franklin. The water was low when I got there and 38 degrees. By the time I left it was back to normal height and 44 degrees. Read more →

February 23rd Blackwater Patrol

26 Feb
February 26, 2014

Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 23rd through the 25th on the Blackwater below the Steel Bridge. The water was 50 degrees and it was high and fast at 7.83 on the USGS gauge at Burdette. Read more →

January 2014 Meeting Minutes

17 Feb
February 17, 2014

Blackwater-Nottoway Riverkeeper Program
January 9, 2014
As recorded by Felice Hancock, Recording Secretary

The meeting had 7 members present, with Board of Directors attending as follows: Jeff Turner, Nancy Turner, and Anne Parker. Read more →

February 9th Blackwater Patrol

13 Feb
February 13, 2014

Spirit Of Moonpie and I spent the 9th through the 11th on the Blackwater above Joyner’s Bridge. The water was really cold at 36 degrees, fast and 6.30 on the USGS gauge in Burdette. Air temps ranged from a damp 26 to 45 degrees and it SNOWED on me! Read more →

January 18 through 20th Riverkeeper Patrol

04 Feb
February 4, 2014

Stripers Pole Dancing
Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 18th through the 20th on the Blackwater below Franklin. The water was 40 degrees, dingy, very fast and 8.25 on the USGS gage which is pretty high or 1.55 on the gauge at Franklin. Air temps ranged from 25 to 50 degrees and it was windy. A pretty darn cold trip I must say specially that first day when it did not get above 40 degrees. Read more →