I recently won a very nice award from WHRO and Dominion Power. A WHRO film crew came out and made a short 4 minute film with me on the Blackwater River. Click the link below to go check it out.
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For the eleventh year in a row the Blackwater Nottoway Riverkeeper Program (BNRP) had another successful Clean Rivers Day (CRD) on Saturday April 2. It was a perfect day for a clean up. Individuals, groups, families and organizations from all over came to help spruce up the Blackwater/Nottoway river watershed and our community once again. Read more →
If you operate a motorboat or PWC in Virginia, you need to you know about Virginia’s boating safety education requirements. In 2007, the Virginia General Assembly enacted a law to establish a boating safety education compliance requirement. This requirement will be phased in over the next several years and by 2016, all operators of PWCs (Personal Watercraft such as jet skis, Sea Doos, Wave Runners) and operators of Motorboats with a 10 hp or greater motor, will be required to have a boating safety education course completion card on board when operating a PWC or Motorboat. As of July 1, 2010, all PWC operators 35 years old and younger must complete a boating safety course. This is the next phase-in of the Education Compliance Requirement for all Virginia boaters. Beginning July 1, 2011, all PWC operators 50 and younger must take a boating safety course and Boat operators ages 20 and younger need to take a boating safety course. PWC Age Restriction: No person under the age of 14 may operate a PWC. Those operators 14 and 15 MUST show proof of completing an approved and accepted boating safety course either in a classroom or online. The challenge exam or other provisions of the Education Compliance Requirement do not meet the requirements of the age restriction law.
The State of Maryland had the good sense to pass this law. Virginia needs to put away the politics and protect our children on this one.
Below is commentary from Steve Stewart, Editor of the Tidewater News.
By Steve Stewart (Contact) | Tidewater News
Published Saturday, June 12, 2010
I get the libertarian philosophy. I appreciate its core principle. The less that government interferes in the lives of people, the fewer the obstacles to the Declaration of Independence’s promise of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.
Like many political philosophies, however, libertarianism can be carried too far.
Take, for example, the Virginia General Assembly’s steadfast refusal to adopt common-sense legislation that would require children in boats on inland waters to wear life preservers.
The Blackwater Nottoway Riverkeeper Program (BNRP) hosted it’s ninth annual Clean Rivers Day Saturday the 24th. Though I was not able to be there due to being in the hospital, 145 hardy souls came out to help better our community and the environment. Over two tons (4,135 pounds) of trash and debris was removed from area ditches, stream and rivers. Some trudged along in boots and some attacked by boat. Thanks to the City of Franklin, Southampton County, Litter Control Council and VDOT for providing services that aided in this effort. Some of the groups that reported participating at the time of this report were; Bobby Clontz from The Nature Conservancy along with the Department of Conservation and Recreation who led a contingency of canoes and kayaks from Joyner’s Bridge to Franklin down the Blackwater River. Also participating was Southampton Academy, Friends of the Meherrin, Team Spirit of Moonpie, Team Kate Tiller, Franklin Black Achievers, Cub Scout Pack 27, Courtland Ruritan’s, YMCA Leaders Club, Franklin Garden Club, Ashland/Hercules, Team Curtis Newsom, Team Wendy and many other folks who cleaned up on their own. So far it appears that the Formidable Franklin Garden Club was the top team this year bringing in 1030 pounds of trash and debris. Special thanks goes to Anne Parker, Bobby & Nancy Turner and Doug Rogers for their assistance this year. And I also want to thank Dean Wagenbach for stepping in as the unofficial interim Riverkeeper for the event while I was laid up in the hospital. These volunteers removed over two tons of trash out of your environment this past Saturday. You should thank them for that great effort. Clean Rivers day is a community pride community team effort to better our little piece of this world we live in. Next year I hope every school and every organization, church and family will come out in April and help us keep the two rivers we call the Blackwater and Nottoway clean. Jeff Turner Blackwater Nottoway Riverkeeper
I will soon be having surgery to repair my shoulder. Unfortunately that means I will be out of commission for quite some time. I am suspending booking of all Eco-Cruises and appearances until further notice. It is my sincere hope that by summer I will be able to resume my “In River” Riverkeeper duties and activities. Until that time I am pretty much relegated to the office. I apologize for the cancellation of already booked Eco-Cruises and appearances. Believe me when I say, I do not look forward to this time away from the rivers. Clean Rivers Day will go on, however I will not be “on location” to check on groups and get equipment out. Groups need to get their equipment from me before April 7th.
Click the CBF Rept.Cypress Power Plant link below to read about how the Dendron Power Plant will affect where you live.
As residents of Surry County consider the prospect of hosting one of the state’s largest coal-fired plants, there are growing concerns about the impacts on health, environment, and community growth.
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View the latest Newsletter and find out what has been going on with the Blackwater Nottoway Riverkeeper.
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