As recorded by John Bunch, Secretary
Curtis Newsome opened the meeting by asking that John Bunch read the minutes from November’s meeting. The minutes were read, Jeff Turner made a motion to have them adopted and seconded by Nancy Turner. They were adopted with no changes.
Curtis then asked that Nancy give the Treasurer’s report for November. She reported that revenues were $130.00 (from river atlas sales and membership dues), expenses were $1179.10 (mostly from boat/truck insurance).
Curtis then asked Bobby Turner to give the membership report. The group now stands at 146 having added two new members since last month. It was brought up that this is the highest membership count that the group has ever had.
The meeting had 9 in attendance and the BOD members that were present were Nancy Turner, Anne Parker, Curtis Newsome, and Jeff Turner.
The Riverkeeper Report
As presented by Jeff Turner
On 11/11 – Spent three days on the Blackwater below Franklin and found the trash to be amazingly light, having only picked up ½ bag for that three-day duration.
On 11/14 – Sent out the first of two emails canvassing the membership to find someone to fill the Secretarial position for 2011.
On 11/17 – Spent three days on the Blackwater above Joyner’s Bridge. Trash quantity was light, but there was lots of fishing line left behind from setting of limb lines. This line if left in place rather than removed, tends to catch small limb debris as it floats by and this accumulation can create a mess.
On 11/23 – Received a call from Melissa at the Chamber. She told me that Max Bartholomew from Dominion said that the pier project still had the go ahead and that they are looking for a March date.
On 11/26 – Sent an email to Russ Pace and Robert Adkins concerning trash in and around the storm water sedimentation pond that’s associated with the Farm Fresh parking lot. Received a return email from Philip Sherman stating that Deborah Boone would be my contact concerning the problem. The pond had a lot of trash in and around it, including a full bag that was lying next to the pond. (Upon inspection on 12/7 the bag had been removed but the loose trash still remained).
On 11/27 – Spent three days on the Nottoway below Courtland. It was very cold and the trash accumulation was amazingly light. Was fortunate enough to witness dogs chasing deer and to see how the deer avoided them.
On 12/2 – Received a complaint from Aubry Lankford concerning the Southampton County wetlands credit bank. Aubry was pointing out that the water exiting the site (Turner Tract) was muddy and going to the river. I inspected the site with Mr. Lankford and found his complaint to be valid. I talked to the site manager and County Administrator Mike Johnson and he said he would check into what could be done and whether or not the muddy water would be acceptable to DCR (the monitoring agency). In my opinion there needs to be a more aggressive effort made to get a cover crop or grass on the acres of exposed soil on the site. The muddy water appears to be caused by very fine material (maybe clay) and at this point, sand doesn’t seem to be being deposited into the creek or river. Following a large rain event I will be monitoring the river to see if it becomes muddy from this issue.
On 12/4 – Sent in my choices for the APNEP grant proposals. Again, there were no submissions by any local school, organization, or government group this year. There were $165,515 worth of submissions made and APNEP has $80,000 to be dispersed.
This concluded the Riverkeeper Report
– Election of Secretary for 2011 – Jeff has sent out two rounds of pleas to the membership for potentially interested candidates who might be willing to take on the secretarial role. A couple people came forward to say they could be of help, but not immediately. There was discussion on how to bridge that time gap. There are also other options on the table to consider.
– Banquet – Looking at the date of Wednesday February 12th to hold the tenth annual banquet. Since it will be on the second Wednesday, this will take the place of the monthly meeting. Now have to check with the College to see that the space is open.
– Sean Maconaghy of Ashland – Had a meeting with DEQ over the fish kill with a concern to keep it from reoccurring.
VDOT wants to widen the road that runs by Ashland to 3 lanes. The need is to look for any past soil contamination that may have occurred before the project can begin.
The Hercules Boat Landing may get moved to the north side of 671, near the old clubhouse which would make for a much safer exit and entry onto the road concerning the launching and pulling of boats.
Will be installing a new centrifuge which will increase their production while at the same time having no net increase in water usage along with no extra air emissions.