February 2014 Meeting Minutes

02 Apr
April 2, 2014

As recorded by Felice Hancock, Recording Secretary

The meeting had 10 members present, with Board of Directors attending as follows: Jeff Turner, Curtis Newsome, Nancy Turner, and Anne Parker. President Curtis Newsome opened the meeting with a welcome. As pointed out by Jeff Turner and President Newsome, the February meeting was cancelled due to weather and the minutes were approved by e-mail. Newsome next requested that Nancy Turner give the Treasurer’s report. She noted that revenue for the month of January was $11,810.00 and February was $3,622.72; expenses for January were $3,851.34 and February’s $1,928.65. Lastly, Newsome asked Bobby Turner to give the membership report. There are 108 members at this time. New members include the Country Acre Garden Club in Courtland; Dennis Rhodes of Franklin; and, Chee Saunders of Richmond.

Riverkeeper Report
By Jeff Turner, Blackwater-Nottoway Riverkeeper

2013 Data: * There have been 52 days spent on the rivers, identical to 2012. Since serving as Riverkeeper, the High has been 90 in 2001 & 2002; the Average has been 63 over the past 14 years. * Only 4 Eco-Cruises offered, most being cancelled due to the heat wave; since 2005 the Average has been 10 per year. * There have been 10 eagle sightings and 9 cow sightings in the river trips in 2013.
1/9: Mailed letters to Southampton County Board of Supervisors about BNRP position on RT 460 project. * Received letter from Moses Clements, Greensville County Public Works Assistant Authority Director, explaining the proposed lake to be built along the Nottoway River as a water supply.
1/10: Sent letters on BNRP position on proposed Rt. 460 project to City of Franklin Manager Randy Martin and Mayor Johnson.
1/14: Sent comments to the Federal Register on BNRP position on proposed Rt. 460 project.
1/15: Sent letters of BNRP position on proposed Rt.460 project to Molly Ward, the new VA Secretary of Natural Resources. * Gave presentation to Daughters of the American Revolution, Hicksford Chapter. About 25 attended.
1/18: 3-day patrol of Blackwater River below Franklin.
1/22: Letter to Delegate Rick Morris on BNRP position on proposed Rt. 460 Project.
1/27: Attended Southampton County Board of Supervisors meeting. I asked BOS to take a position on the proposed RT 460 project. They drafted a resolution and unanimously approved it calling on the board to do what it can to ensure that if the project is to become a reality, then the environment and the people must get more than a cursory nod from agencies.
2/4: Presented to the Country Acres Garden Club, Courtland. About 20 attended.
2/6: Presented to the Capron Ruritans Club; 15 attended.
2/9: 3-day patrol Blackwater River at Joyner’s Bridge.
2/23: 3-day patrol Blackwater River below the Steel Bridge. Recorded possible undiscovered frog species VA Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has been looking for. Sent recording to VDGIF Terrestrial Biologist/Herpetologist John Kleopfer. On March 10th VDGIF confirmed my recording appear to have the new species in it.
3/5: Sent Clean River Day information to Community Electric’s Cooperative Living Magazine.
3/7: Met with Anne Parker and Anne Williams of Green Mountain Coffee about Clean River Day.
3/8: 4-day patrol on Blackwater River in Franklin area.

Old Business
* Approval for price quote for Mill Books: The motion was made by Jeff Turner to spend $977.14 for 250 copies with arrival date of March 25; seconded by Anne Parker.
* Riverkeeper Festival on May 10, Saturday: Question was asked if entire membership of organizations could attend as some have small memberships. It was decided that that we keep our policy of only two representatives per organizations allowed. Also, reminder that $10 per member is requested to cover food cost. Music to be provided by Blackwater Traditions and other musicians may attend (to be provided meals.) To be held at Bronco Club.

New Business

* Sean Maconaghy of Hercules-Ashland announced that they have been bought by a private equity firm (CD&R of Willington, Delaware.) In the future the plant will have a name change. Also of note, as of January 18, there has been two years of being injury free.

There being no further business, President Newsome adjourned the meeting.

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