November 9, 2011 as recorded by Felice Hancock, Secretary
The meeting had 9 members present, with Board of Directors attending as follows: Curtis Newsome, Anne Parker, Jeff Turner, Nancy Turner, and Sherri Woodard.
Chairman Curtis Newsome opened the meeting with a welcome and requested that the Minutes from October be read. Anne Parker motioned the minutes be approved, seconded by Nancy Turner; minutes were passed.
Newsome then requested that Nancy Turner give the Treasurer’s report. October’s revenue was $729.04; expenses were $1,979.96.
Bobby Turner gave the Membership Secretary’s report noting that there are now 137 members, with new memberships starting on January 2012 whereby a full year’s association can be provided. Welcome to our new members: Ronnie White (Suffolk); Holland Ruritan Club (Holland area of Suffolk); William Cuthrell of Simpsonville, KY; Blackwater Outfitters (Courtland).
Riverkeeper Report presented by Jeff Turner
10/13 Found out that commercial snapping turtle trappers’ turtles must be 9” minimum and there is no limit on quantity with the permit.
10/15 Eco-Cruise for Virginia Master Naturalist, second trip, 6 attended.
10 /18 Letter to VDOT, VDGIF, Southampton County, Dominion Power, and Ashland about issues of safety at boat ramp on Rt 671. Franklin Chamber Eco-Cruise, 6 attended.
10/19 Met with Max Bartholomew at Hercules Ramp to show him safety problem. Franklin Sewage Treatment Plant spews activated sludge into the Blackwater for approximately 3 hours.
10/21 Windsor Elementary Eco-Cruise, 10 attended.
10/22 Spent 3 days on Blackwater below Steel Bridge. Old overhead pipeline and trestle has been removed by City of Norfolk, which had created some log-jam issues in the past. The pipeline was a backup water system from the 1940s.
10/25 Sent Tourism Committee info and pictures of Sewage Treatment Plant with comments on how that would is bad for tourism.
10/26 Windsor Middle School Eco-Cruise, 6 attended.
11/1 Presentation to Waverly Ruritan Club, showed 3rd movie.
11/2 Spent 3 days on Blackwater River above Joyner’s Bridge. Ronald Patton from Norfolk Southern Railroad said all debris has been removed from trestles on Nottoway and Blackwater crossings. Two white tail deer bucks were discovered locked together via their antlers.
11/7 Spent three days on Blackwater below Franklin. Dissolved oxygen levels back up to normal.
11/9 E-Letter to June Fleming asked about why “no fishing” signs have not been put up since August agreement stated that they would. She replied the signs will be up in a few weeks. I also told her about the cooperation between International Paper and Ashland/ Hercules with the BNRP — how they keep me appraised in regards to both the bad and the good that occurs at their plants and how that has really helped everybody on both sides with understanding what each other is doing.
Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program (APNEP) seeks input on draft management plan. The APNEP public meeting will be held at Franklin Library on Wednesday, December 7, 4-6 pm. Details: The Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Program (APNEP) is seeking feedback from partners and the public on its draft Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan to protect and restore the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine System. The plan aims to provide an overarching vision and direction to advance ecosystem management and protection for the Albemarle-Pamlico estuary during the next 10 years. APNEP is a federally funded program that supports ecosystem-based management of the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuary and its watershed, an area that spans parts of North Carolina and Virginia. APNEP’s mission is to identify, protect and restore the significant resources of the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine System. The program pursues its mission by working closely with residents, scientists, universities, businesses, non-profit organizations and all levels of government. The program is supported by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation. To facilitate public input and dialogue, APNEP will conduct public meetings in eastern North Carolina and southeastern Virginia in November and December. The objectives of the meetings are to:
• Present an overview of the draft plan and the process to develop it.
• Provide members of the public with an opportunity to ask clarifying questions about the draft strategic action plan and offer comments and suggestions.
The meetings will include a presentation and a public comment session, hosted in an open house format where participants will have informal opportunities to engage with APNEP staff on specific topics. Jeff Turner requested that the BNRP Board attend the meeting on December 7, and that we inform the local community. Felice Hancock agreed to send the information to the Paul D. Camp Community College Science Club.
New water testing partners from Virginia Master Naturalist are underway and up to speed; they are Geoffrey Payne and Dick Gilbert. John Bunch (BNRP member and Virginia Naturalist trainee) has successfully worked with them.
Anne Parker reported that the shrub trash block at Sewage Treatment Plant and big trash can still has not been placed. There is money budgeted for these improvements in the City of Franklin and she will inquire with them and other sources.
Sean M. Maconaghy, EHS Manager for the Ashland Water Technologies, reported on a surprised DEQ water inspection on November 9, 2011, which received a “clean bill of health”. On Monday they will be breaking ground for installation of new boilers which will be on-line by April 1, 2012 (to be off Dominion Steam power by May 1). The expected shut-down has been delayed now that business demand is strong; shut-down to be scheduled in April.
Sherri Woodard had her “clean-up on the Meherrin River” with 3 participants who found only minor trash (2 bags worth).
Anne Parker reported on a meeting she attended in Richmond which addressed the issues of uranium mining in Virginia, where there is currently a moratorium on the practice. Most mining is conducted out west in Utah, Nevada, Arizona and Idaho and not in rain-prone states like Virginia. There was some concern addressed about contamination to water due to the 85% radioactive waste by-product, especially along the Roanoke and Rappahannock Rivers, as well as Lake Gaston. The company pursuing the lifting of the moratorium is a Canadian-France firm which will export to China.
No further items, Curtis Newsome concluded the meeting.
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