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May 22 Nottoway Patrol

27 May
May 27, 2015

Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 22nd through the 24th on the Nottoway below Hercules.   The water was stained, low and 73 degrees.  Air temps ranged from 51 to 85.  This was the last land based patrol until fall for sure.  The Skeeters on this trip bout ate us up and the no-shoulders where everywhere.  Read more →

February 3rd Riverkeeper Patrol

23 Mar
March 23, 2015

Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 3rd through the 5th on the Blackwater below Franklin. The water was fast and a very cold 36 degrees. Air temps ranged from 26 to 55. Read more →

December 2013 Meeting Minutes

09 Jan
January 9, 2014

Blackwater-Nottoway Riverkeeper Program
December 11, 2013
As recorded by Felice Hancock, Recording Secretary

The meeting had 7 members present, with Board of Directors attending as follows: Jeff Turner, Curtis Newsome, Nancy Turner, and Sherri Woodard. President Curtis Newsome opened the meeting with a welcome and requested that Felice Hancock read the minutes of the November meeting. Read more →

July 10, 2013 Meeting Minutes

15 Jul
July 15, 2013

Blackwater/Nottoway Riverkeeper Program

As recorded by Felice Hancock, Secretary

The meeting had 8 members and 2 guests present, with Board of Directors attending as follows: Curtis Newsome, Jeff Turner, Anne Parker and Nancy Turner.
Curtis Newsome opened the meeting with a welcome and requested that the minutes from the June 2013 meeting be read. Jeff Turner motioned to approve the minutes, Nancy Turner seconded. Read more →

October 11 Blackwater Patrol

22 Oct
October 22, 2012

Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 11th through the 13th on the Blackwater below the VDGIF ramp on Rt. 603.  The water was clear, 60 degrees and 5.85 ft. on the USGS gauge at Burdette.  That is bout as perfect a condition for the river to be in for fishing on that part of the river.  Read more →

0ctober 10, 2012 Meeting Minutes

22 Oct
October 22, 2012

The Blackwater-Nottoway Riverkeeper Program

As recorded by Anne Parker

The meeting had 6 members in attendance, and the Board of Director’s who were present are as follows:  Jeff Turner, Nancy Turner and Anne Parker. Read more →

Franklin’s Cardboard Robo-Regatta

16 Jun
June 16, 2011

The Franklin High School FIRST Robotics Team announces the first annual Cardboard Robo-Regatta fundraiser on July 2. 2011 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm Barrett’s Landing
Franklin, VA. The Robo-Regatta is a cardboard boat race using boats constructed of only cardboard, tape, glue, paint and caulking. Go to the following web-site for more info.

Threat Remains Despite Va. Coal Plant Delay

16 Sep
September 16, 2010

The area around Surry County, Virginia, is already home to some sinister projects, including several major coal ash disposal sites and Michael Vick’s infamous dog fighting operation. One of the disposal sites is the local golf course, the Battlefield Golf Club. The green is sculpted with 1.5 million tons of coal fly-ash.
Now a major Virginia power provider, the Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC), wants to site a 1500 mega watt coal plant, accompanied by several hundred acres of ash disposal sites, along the Blackwater River in Surry. Read more →


22 Jul
July 22, 2010

We have new t-shirts with the original water scene on the back. These shirts are a copy of the limited edition shirts we had made when the BNRP was just getting started in 2000. Danny Cheek and I designed these shirts back when he was still alive. They have always been my favorite.  They are light blue, heavy grade shirts with our logo on the front pocket. Sorry about this but it will take a $15 donation to get one because the cost was nearly $12 for these nice shirts. You can send donation (specify size, no small) plus $5 shipping to BNRP, PO Box 44 Sedley Va. 23878. Or click on the Donation link on the homepage to send payment that way. Be sure to specify size (M, L, XL, XXL) usually one size bigger than you think works best.

Paddle to Celebrate the Blackwater State Scenic River Designation

26 Feb
February 26, 2010

Come canoe/kayak the Blackwater River to celebrate designation of the largest one-time addition to the State Scenic Rivers Program – 56 miles of the Blackwater River in Isle of Wight and Southampton counties and the cities of Franklin and Suffolk. Meet at the DGIF boat ramp on Joyners Bridge Road in Isle of Wight County. Bring your lunch and plan to spend the day paddling through tupelo and bald cypress as we wind our way down to the Franklin, VA boat ramp. This trip will also be involved with Clean Rivers Day and annual event sponsored by the Blackwater Nottoway Riverkeeper Program.  It is a fantastic opportunity to see and improve this marvelous stretch of river that is rarely seen.  Participants are encouraged to register for this free event. For further details, questions, or to add your name to the participant list, please contact Bobby Clontz at or (757) 353-7376.

Saturday, April 24, 2010
9:00am – 4:00pm
Joyners Bridge to Franklin