Welcome to the Blackwater Nottoway RIVERGUARD Website. The BNRG is a river conservation environmental organization. The BNRG has a RIVERGUARDIAN (Jeff Turner) who founded the Blackwater Nottoway Riverkeeper Program in the year 2000. Jeff has over 50 years experience on the Nottoway and Blackwater rivers that he protects. That fact coupled with his three day two night river patrols he regularly makes through all four seasons earns him the distinction of being the Guardian of the Rivers. Jeff was the first RIVERKEEPER in the state of Virginia and the 47th RIVERKEEPER worldwide. In 2018 The Blackwater Nottoway Riverkeeper Program was dissolved and the Blackwater Nottoway RiverGuard organization was started by Jeff. The RiverGuard works with groups and organizations in an effort to better educate people about our rivers. The BNRG also works closely with local, State and Federal Agencies when there are pollution issues or projects that require the RiverGuardians intimate knowledge of the river. The BNRP and Jeff have won over 15 awards over the years including the Governors Environmental Excellence Award, The Bob Hutchinson Conservation Award and the Volvo Hero For Life Award. The BNRG is dedicated to protecting and preserving the Blackwater & Nottoway Rivers and their watersheds. The BNRG is funded entirely by private donations.