December Meeting Minutes

24 Dec
December 24, 2011

December 14 2011                                                                                                                                       as recorded by Felice Hancock, Secretary

The meeting had 8 members present, with Board of Directors attending as follows:  Curtis Newsome, Anne Parker, Nancy Turner, and Sherri Woodard.  David Bearinger, Program and Grant Director for the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities attended as a guest.

Chairman Curtis Newsome opened the meeting with a welcome and requested that the Minutes from November be read.  Nancy Turner motioned the minutes be approved, seconded by Sherri Woodard; minutes were passed.

Newsome then requested that Nancy Turner give the Treasurer’s report.  November’s revenue was $762.67; expenses were $1,365.63.

Bobby Turner gave the Membership Secretary’s report noting 137 members, and the recent passing of Dr. B. Barham Dodson.

Riverkeeper Report

Riverkeeper Report written by Jeff Turner and presented by Mr. Curt Newsome

11/12 Spent three days on the Nottoway below Bronco Club.  Trash was heavy for this part of the river.  Fishing is still off and it is really looking like the river on the lower end suffered a more significant fish kill after Hurricane Irene than previously thought.  Also, a lot of fish are showing up with sores on them that typically are only seen during low flow/water summer conditions.  VDGIF is continuing its shocking to gather data to determine the extent of the kill.  DEQ is doing some shocking and number counts also on the river.

11/14 Garden Club/Riverkeeper shrub project has been rejected by City of Franklin/Russ Pace.  I talked to Russ Pace by phone on 12/12 and his reason for saying “no” was:  “There is no engineering precedent for planting shrubs between an outfall and a stream to catch trash.”  Of course this is not so.  It is called a buffer Zone when plants are planted or left in place to filter or protect a stream or waterway.  I have asked DCR, FWS and VDGIF to become involved as all have a stake in the Franklin boat ramp project.

11/16 Participated in VDGIF mussel seeding project on the lower Nottoway River.  BNRP pontoon boat provided the biologist a diving platform for the mission that day.  9000 baby mussels were released and more adults were gathered to go back to the hatchery.  Richmond Times newspaper covered the story as well as the local Tidewater News.  There will also be a story in the February 2012 edition of Virginia Wildlife.

11/30 Spent three days on the Blackwater River below Franklin.  Trash was light.  No water quality issues.

12/7 APNEP meeting held at Franklin Public Library.  The 2012 draft plan was submitted and is up for public comment.  Several BNKP members attended.  NOTE:  A copy of the draft, CCMP or “Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan 2012-2022, Draft for Public Review & Comment, Collaborative Actions for Protecting and Restoring the Albemarle-Pamlico Ecosystem” was available during the meeting and can also be seen online at www.apnep.org.

12/8 Spent three days on the Nottoway below Courtland.  Trash was terrible.  Saw new eagle nest.  City of Norfolk working on pump station and had turbidity boom all the way across the river.  The river was blocked to through navigation and the boom was a useless gesture in the fast running water.  I contacted USACE and they had the city pull the boom back to allow navigation of the river.

New Business

BNRP Officers for 2012.  Current Board is requested to serve another year.  However, if others in the community would like to offer to become an officeholder they are requested to contact Jeff Turner.

Old Business

Anne Parker requested that the membership of the BNRP consider contacting their state representatives in Richmond before or during January 2012, in regards to permitting uranium mining in Virginia.  Parker cited several environmental and health concerns. The company pursuing the lifting of the moratorium is a Canadian-France firm which will export to China; U.S. has no shortage or need for uranium.

Other Business

Sean M. Maconaghy, EHS Manager for the Ashland Water Technologies, reported on the continuation of the installation of boilers.  Also, Ashland is considering funding a wildlife habitat on its property.

Sherri Woodard reported that there has been no change on the Meherrin River, “looking the same.”

Anne Parker mentioned that the Hampton Roads Planning Commission area has been selected by “Keep American Beautiful” campaign as the national kick-off area for the Great American Clean-up during April 27-28, which will involve 32,000 communities across the U.S.A.  The BNRP could easily participate as the annual Clean Rivers Day will be on April 28.

No further items, Curtis Newsome concluded the meeting.

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