Blackwater/Nottoway Riverkeeper Program February 8, 2012 as recorded by Felice Hancock, Secretary
The meeting had 9 members present, with Board of Directors attending as follows: Jeff Turner, Curtis Newsome, Sherri Woodard, and Nancy Turner.
Curtis Newsome opened the meeting with a welcome and requested that the minutes from January meeting be read. Sherri Woodard then motioned that the minutes be approved, and the motion was seconded by Nancy Turner. Minutes were passed.
Newsome next requested that Nancy Turner give the Treasurer’s report. Nancy reported on January’s Treasurer’s report with revenue of $17,833.01; expenses of $1,716.35.
Bobby Turner gave the Membership Secretary’s report noting 143 members, with 6 new memberships. Welcome to: Barry Birgensmith: Mary Jo Birgensmith: Brenda Daughtrey: Ed Daughtrey: Robert D. Heeren, CF, RF; and Ruth T. Petty.
Nancy Turner next passed out the “Proposed 2012 Budget”, which has listed for comparison the 2011 Budget (proposed and actual).
Riverkeeper Report by Jeff Turner
1/13 Left message with Sheila Baker and e-mailed Frank Davis about the trash and tires at the King Center. Sent e-mails to Russ Pace & June Fleming to thank the city of Franklin for fixing the flume at the Sewage Treatment Plant/STP.
1/18 Spent 3 days on the Blackwater above Joyner’s Bridge. Reported deer carcasses deposited at landing. Reported and cleaned up duck hunter’s site, which included illegal blind (no tag), cigarette butts, paper, etc.
1/21 Sent information to DEQ Water Supply Advisory Committee member Tammy Stephenson concerning the Norfolk pump stations on both rivers concerning water withdrawal.
1/22 Sent letters to State Delegates Tyler and Morris, as well as Senators Lucas and Blevins, saying “no” to uranium mining.
1/23 Sent James Hawhee of the Albemarle Pamlico National Estuary Program/APNEP information on the BNRP and VDACS complaints against the cow operation on Pretlow Road. Also sent “Cow Beach” video.
1/24 Spent three days on Blackwater River below the Steel Bridge. Picked up lots of trash. Tim McCormick, in his kayak, came out on day 2, and together we brought out approximately 200 pounds of trash. Also witnessed a worker from the construction site at the Blackwater pump house toss trash in the river. Confronted the site manager. On February 2, reported the trash incident and that there was shooting on the job site to David Rosenthal, Reservoir Manager for the City of Norfolk. Since then have been questioned by Terry Legg, Engineer with the company that designed structural fix for the pump house and contracted out the work to the people who were shooting and throwing trash in the river. The contracted firm was Waterfront Marine Construction.
1/31 Spent three days on the Blackwater below Franklin. Met with DEQ water testers out there. No water quality issues. I did report to Russ pace (City of Franklin) that I discovered large plastic cover at old land-fill by Norfolk & Southern Railroad. Also, reported that the area at old Franklin dump shoreline is littered with Styrofoam.
2/6 Presentation of the 2nd BNRP movie was given to Troop 17 Cub Scouts at the new Methodist Church. 20 attended.
2/8 Attended the Virginia Tourism Corporations brainstorming meeting in Franklin, which focused on Franklin and Southampton County.
New BNRP video is completed. Needs to be reproduced; estimates need to be requested. Sherri Woodard and Felice Hancock said they would both seek estimates (specifics: 75 DVDs, jewel cases, simple label utilizing BNRP logo).
Banquet/ Lon Marks Award. It is agreed to hold a banquet/award this year, however, all tentative based on facility availability and caterer. Agree on date of March 28, Wednesday, at the Workforce Center in Franklin. To be keep as a simple affair, with RSVP to include $8.00 and no payment at the door (2 years ago the cost was $16.00 but was fully covered by the BNRP). Possible music may be provided by “Blackwater Tradition”.
Sean M. Maconaghy, EHS Manager for the Ashland Water Technologies, reported that they are working on the new boilers. Temporary boiler will be up for a few weeks and then new ones will be turned on for operation. The last 2 weeks in March marked for expansion. Possible tour of expansion improvements for BNRP in May. Lastly, VDOT sent notice to Ashland about proposed Route 671 widening, but State Funding appears questionable.
On February 16, 6:30 pm, the Department of Environmental Quality will hold a TMDL/Total Maximum Daily Load meeting for several tributaries to the Nottoway River at the Southampton Administrative Complex, Board of Supervisors’ meeting room..
On February 27, the City of Franklin will hold a Comprehensive Plan Meeting at the Martin Luther King Center.
International Paper’s Mill is ready to “crank up”, and Jeff Turner has been requested to sit on the Community Action Board at the end of this month. Start up to be in June.
No further items, Curtis Newsome concluded the meeting.
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