As recorded by Felice Hancock, Recording Secretary. The Meeting at The Paul D. Camp Community College Workforce Center Conference Room had 7 people attending, including BNRP Board Members: Jeff Turner, Curtis Newsome, Nancy Turner, Sherri Woodard, and Anne Parker. Chairman Newsome called the meeting to order with a welcome and requested that Secretary Hancock read the March Minutes. Jeff Turner motioned that the minutes be approved, seconded by Anne Parker—motion passed.
Newsome next requested the Treasurer’s Report be read by Nancy Turner. Ms. Turner noted the March revenue as $1,491.90; expenses as $1,766.79.
Newsome then asked for Membership Report from Membership Secretary Bobby Turner. Merging 2014 and 2015 through April brings a total of 165 members, with 134 supporters paying for 2015. There are no new members for this month.
April 2015 Riverkeeper Report
by Jeff Turner, Blackwater-Nottoway Riverkeeper
3/15: 3-day patrol Blackwater River below Franklin. Heavy trash.
3/17: Sent Roger Everton of Dept. of Environmental Quality pictures of Franklin Sewage Treatment Plant tinged outflow to river.
Awarded Va. Largest Bowfin caught in 2014, 13.3 pounds.
3/17: Received call about huge amount of Styrofoam in Nottoway River in Vicks Beach vicinity. Cannot get to that location in BNRP boats. Bobby Turner and I picked up a lot downriver from the Vicks Beach area on March 31st.
3/20: Traveled to Charlottesville to receive VA Outdoor Writers Association/VOWA’s Book of the Year Award and Madison County Best of VA Award for Moonpie book.
3/28: Clean River Day 2015 Lowest turnouts ever due to unfavorable weather. WLQM runs 180 radio spots leading up to CRD giving us $2,745.00 worth of free radio PSA’s. We also ran our full page Tidewater News ad campaign that was in the paper 1 week before event.
Team Historic Southside Virginia Master Naturalist had heaviest weight total. See comparison of totals from 2001 to 2015 at end of this report.
4/8: Tidewater News Editor Cain Madden and Blackwater Outfitters Guide Tim McCormick paddled to the Vicks Beach site today. Found entry point to river and link to source of Styrofoam being mixed with concrete rubble from demolished Beals Meat Packing used as rip rap along shoreline on Nottoway River farm where there is an irrigation intake.
Conversations with IOW Sheriff Dept and IOW County Supervisor Rex Alphin concerning illegal trash dumping along Blackwater River near Zuni. Curtis Newsome and sons have taken pictures. Taxes are owed on the property and owner is in long-term jail sentence with no heirs. Investigation and a solution is being sought.
CRD totals from 2001 to 2015:
2001 ~ 200 volunteers 6000 pounds or 3.00 tons
2002 ~ 150 volunteers 5485 pounds or 2.74 tons
2003 ~ 110 volunteers 6300 pounds or 3.15 tons
2004 ~ 130 volunteers 9240 pounds or 4.62 tons
2005 ~ 100 volunteers 5130 pounds or 2.56 tons
2006 ~ 120 volunteers 7795 pounds or 3.89 tons
2007 ~ 136 volunteers 6291 pounds or 3.14 tons
2008 ~ 110 volunteers 6560 pounds or 3.28 tons
2009 ~ 109 volunteers 5120 pounds or 2.56 tons
2010 ~ 145 volunteers 4135 pounds or 2.06 tons
2011 ~ 234 volunteers 6153 pounds or 3.07 tons
2012 ~ 187 volunteers 6335 pounds or 3.16 tons
2013 ~ 175 volunteers 5745 pounds or 2.87 tons
2014 ~ 182 volunteers 6562 pounds or 3.28 tons
2015 ~ 65 volunteers 2465 pounds or 1.23 tons
Totals 2150 Volunteers 89266 pounds 44 tons
Average 143 Average 5951
Annual membership banquet/picnic may be moved to fall, possible October10 (Saturday) of the year as the Bronco Club is fully booked this spring.
Discuss possible repowering pontoon boat next year. Motor on boat now amazingly is 11 years old.
With no further business to discuss, Chairman Curtis Newsome dismissed the meeting until Wednesday, May 13, 2015. Meetings are open to the BNRP membership and the public.