Blackwater-Nottoway Riverkeeper Program
December 14th, 2016
As recorded by John Bunch, acting Secretary
The monthly BNRP meeting, held at The Paul D. Camp Community College Workforce Center, had 8 people attending. Board Members were Jeff Turner, Anne Parker, Nancy Turner, and Curtis Newsome. Bobby Turner, Felice Hancock, Maggie Pagel representing Solenis, and John Bunch (acting Secretary) were also in attendance. John stood in as secretary as Felice is recovering from a recent surgical procedure.
Curtis Newsome opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and then asking that the November meeting minutes be read and that was done by John. Following that, Jeff made the motion that they be adopted as is and seconded by Nancy. Minutes adoption passed by a verbal vote.
Curtis then asked for the Treasurer’s Report which, given by Nancy, showed expenses for the month of November to be $993.23, revenue being $57.78.
Bobby then gave the membership report saying that the member count remains unchanged from the previous month,143,
December 2016 Riverkeeper Report
11/10 Contacted Bill Billings who contacted Jimmy Holland about guy dumping charcoal grill into river at Bronco Club.
11/12 Three day patrol Nottoway below Delaware, no issues.
11/16 Chairman Curtis Newsome and I raised outboard on pontoon boat. Went to the Nottoway and felled a dead pine that threatened the safety of that base camp. Removed a large resin outdoor table from the river.
11/21 Three day patrol Blackwater below Franklin, lots of trash collected.
11/28 Reported damage to Rt. 58 bypass bridge over Blackwater below Franklin to VDOT. Scouring/erosion to bridge pilings.
11/30 Anonymous tip: One new permittee was reported to EPA on the Quarterly Noncompliance Report (QNCR) as being in significant noncompliance (SNC) for the quarter ending March 31, 2016. The permittee, the facility and the reported instances of noncompliance are as follows: 1. Permittee/Facility: City of Franklin
Type of Noncompliance: Failure to Demonstrate Compliance with Permit Effluent Limit (Total Recoverable Silver Concentration Average)
After asking around about the issue I was told by a source that: The City’s commercial laboratory failed to use established methods sensitive enough to detect compliance with permit limits [during 4Q15 & 1Q16]. The City has since changed to a lab using more sensitive test methods. No violations of silver concentration limits were reported for the September 2016 quarter. It appears that the matter has been resolved without need for formal enforcement action; however, staff of the Department’s Tidewater Regional Office are monitoring the City’s permit performance to ensure that compliance issues have been fully addressed.
12/1 Three day patrol Blackwater below Franklin. Lots of trash recovered.
12/7 Three day patrol Blackwater above Joyner’s Bridge. No trash no issues.
Officers for the upcoming year were voted on and all agreed to remain at their current positions. In Sherri Woodard’s absence, she had agreed via email beforehand to stay on as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors. Jeff Turner made the motion that this slate of officers to move forward onto 2017 and it was seconded by Anne Parker. Passed by a unanimous vote. Those positions are as follows:
Jeff Turner – Riverkeeper
Curtis Newsome – President
Nancy Turner – Treasurer
Felice Hancock – Secretary
Sherri Woodard – Vice Chair of Board of Directors
Anne Parker – Board Member
Bobby Turner – Membership
January meeting, if at all possible, is a Must Attend Meeting for all the Board of Directors.
Maggie Pagel reported out the results of the toxicity testing that the chronic test that had been performed came back as failed. The problem seems to have been a Calcium Chloride pump malfunction which regulates the hardness of the outgoing water stream. Plans are in place to have the controls of this setup automated. Maggie also reported that the plant was in violation for missing taking a set of monthly test parameters, caused by the inexperience of new personnel. Maggie and John Bunch then discussed some of the details of toxicity testing to the group so they could better understand the process of how the tests were conducted. Jeff then thanked Maggie for explaining what had been going on at the plant.
Curtis brought up that if anyone drives 460 towards Waverly they might detect the strong odor that’s coming from the Sussex Landfill (which we also know accepts garbage from NJ and NY). Lately the smell has been extremely bad and Curtis said he would check into this next week.
Following no other business Curtis adjourned the meeting.