August 2008 Meeting Minutes

28 Aug
August 28, 2008

Recorded by Curtis Newsome
Riverkeeper Jeff Turner opened the meeting by welcoming everyone.
There were 6 in attendance for the August meeting. BOD members present were Jeff Turner, Nancy Scott, Sherry Woodard, and Curtis Newsome.

Turner read the July minutes prepared by John Bunch. Following the reading Jeff made a motion to accept, seconded by Nancy, and adopted by voting with no changes.
Nancy Scott gave the treasure’s report. Reporting with deposits of $6710.00 and expenses of $2740.30.
Bobby Turner reported that there are 132 members at this time.

The Riverkeeper Report
As Presented by Jeff Turner

7/10 Made a presentation to Walters Ruritan Club. BNRP film “A Tour of the
Blackwater & Nottoway” shown. Old BNRP truck sold for $3,000.
7/11 Spent three days on Blackwater. Cows were the only issue.
7/18 Took 4-H on three Eco-Cruises.
7/24 Put up VDH/DEQ Fish advisory signs for Blackwater. Have not received
Nottoway signs.
7/25 Took Kids College on two Eco-Cruises.
7/29 Helped VDGIF Blue Catfish study on Nottoway. 92 Blues shocked up. 14lbs was
the largest.
7/31 Took IOW Museum Summer Camp on three Eco-Cruises.
8/2 Boy Scout reunion at Bronco Club. Took four Eco-Cruises.
8/6 Delivered grant request to Camp Foundations for $9,000.
8/8 Took Kids College on an Eco-Cruise.
8/9 Spent two days on the Nottoway. Cows in the river only issue.
8/11 Holland Ruritan presentation and showed “The Living Blackwater and Nottoway
Rivers” film.
8/12 Newsom’s Ruritan presentation and showed “The Living Blackwater and
Nottoway Rivers “ film.

Other Matters

Fly Ash at RT 58 bridge construction tested by VDOT & found to be not dangerous to humans or the environment. I have asked for those test results to compare to ours taken in 2007. A good effort is being taken to contain the ash from getting into the river. DEQ & VDOT have been cooperative thus far.

Trot lines and drop line regulations are not clear in VDGIF handbook. No specific wording requiring tackle to be removed from river if not being fished. I have written to our District rep. Richard Railey and asked if he will work to get this changed.

BNRP stickers for promotional efforts. Very expensive for nice vinyl 3 ½ X 3 ½ full logo color at $3.49 per and 250 order minimum = $900. After a discussion was held, other options will be checked into.

An award for outstanding community service will be presented to the BNRP by the South Centre’ Corridors Resource Conservation & Development Council Monday Sept 29th at the Beacon Theater in Hopewell VA at 6pm.

Cows are still in both rivers so I will be beginning a new more aggressive campaign on that. Our Soil & Water District has contacted both farmers and they have refused assistance. I will be filing formal complaints.

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