Recorded by Felice Hancock, Secretary
The meeting had 9 members present, including Board of Directors as follows: Curtis Newsome, Jeff Turner (via telephone conference call), Nancy Turner, and Anne Parker.
Curtis Newsome opened the meeting by requesting the March Minutes by read by Felice Hancock. There was one correction made, under “Other Business”, that Anne Parker and Jeff Turner will be guests on April 17 and instead of “next week” on the local radio Station, WLQM for Clean River Day. Anne Parker then motioned that the minutes be adopted, seconded by Nancy Turner.
Treasurer Nancy Turner next requested by Newsome for her report. March 2013 revenue is $1,224.37; March expenses were $1,927.17.
Bobby Turner was next called upon by Newsome to provide the membership report. A total of 118 members have paid their 2013 dues.
By Jeff Turner
3/14 Attended City of Franklin’s Adopt a Spot breakfast meeting. Anne Parker and I talked to the group about Clean River Day.
3/21 Three-day patrol down-river from Courtland on the Nottoway. Lots of trash. Visited eagle nest site and saw one adult tending the nest site.
3/27 Three-day patrol on Blackwater River below Franklin. Trash very bad. Visited Cherry Grove’s eagle nest site and saw one adult tending.
3/31 Received information that there was a fuel spill in the Blackwater River possibly at Burdette. After investigating I determined the spill was coming from the Alphin farm at an irrigation pump site. Approximately 3 miles of the river was in very bad shape covered with diesel fuel. Called Rex Alphin who was on site in 10 minutes. The lines that were discovered leaking were removed. The spill had been occurring since at least Thursday the 28th when a fisherman discovered it and reported it to a member of the BNRP who called me on that Monday. Department of Environmental Quality and Virginia Department of Emergency Management were called. VDEM officer Ray Haring investigated. Oil dry and dirt removal was the prescribed fix. I also deployed two large oil soak booms in the river that Sean Maconaghy and Ashland provided. Southampton County’s Sheriff’s Department, Franklin’s Fire and Rescue, and City of Norfolk water works were contacted.
4/1 Broke leg.
4/7 Tim McCormick found campers on DCR land upriver from Route 603 ramp – two boats (kayaks), 2 people, and at landing a gold colored S-10 pick-up, plate # WXU 8566. Contacted VDGIF and Southampton County Sheriff, who said they could do nothing. Called Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Darren Loomis. Still waiting to touch base with DCR people.
Riverkeeper was asked to guide for the WHRO filming with John Quarstein of a “Here & Then” 90-second spot about the Civil War on the Blackwater. Because of a broke leg, Jeff could not accommodate them. The local Sons of Confederate Veteran’s Gillette-Urquhart Camp were involved. April 10, 2013.
Felice Hancock nominated Jeff Turner and the BNRP as one of the monthly conservation heroes from Field and Stream Magazine/Toyota Corporation. The magazine will feature a short article about the BNRP and award $500.00. Six of the monthly heroes will be further featured on-line and one will be recognized as the annual Hero of Conservation for 2013 (details at: fieldandstream.com/heroes ).
Jeff Turner mentioned that a good friend of the BNRP has passed away, Paul Camp Marks, as well as one of our Riverkeeper members, E.R.M. Coker. Both gentlemen, staunch supporters of the BNRP, will be missed.
Sean Maconaghy from Hercules-Ashland reported that all is running well; they were happy to provide the soaker oil-boons for the recent spill on the Blackwater.
Clean River Day plans for April 20 are going ahead, with supplies (extra picker-up tools and bags) being distributed by Bobby Turner and other BRNP members. Curtis Newsome pointed out that several folks participate in the clean-up but do not want to be credited … we need to convince them to report the total trash they clean up as these numbers are vital to the BRNP’s count and one of the key accomplishments of our organization. SO PLEASE, encourage everyone to not only participate but report. Lastly, Sherri Woodard will be cleaning on the Meherrin River near Emporia.
Anne Parker will be attending the luncheon on April 11 of the Community Action Coalition. International Paper will be relating their involvement in our area as one of the key features of this meeting.
There being no further business, President Newsome dismissed the meeting.