January 2013 Meeting Minutes

11 Jan
January 11, 2013

January 9, 2013

as recorded by Felice Hancock, Secretary

            The meeting had 8 members present, with Board of Directors attending as follows: Jeff Turner, Curtis Newsome, Nancy Turner, and Anne Parker. 

Curtis Newsome opened the meeting with a welcome and requested that the minutes from the December meeting be read.  Jeff Turner then motioned that the minutes be approved, and the motion was seconded by Nancy Turner.  The minutes were passed.

Newsome next requested that Nancy Turner give the Treasurer’s report.  Nancy reported a revenue of $255.00; expenses of $1,547.59.

Bobby Turner gave the Membership Secretary’s report noting 143 members, with new membership from the Urquhart-Gillette Camp #1471 of Courtland joining.


Riverkeeper Report

by Jeff Turner

Yearly report figures from 2012:

*   480 pounds of litter picked up from rivers, which is only a quarter of the one ton of trash picked up in the             first year of the BNRP.                                                                                                                                 *   52 patrol days.  Low was 26 in 2010, high 90 in 2001 and 2002.  Average has been 64.                                  *   17 Eco-cruises with 155 people.   High of 21 cruises in 2008.                                                                         *   4 Bald Eagle sightings                                                                                                                                            *   5 sightings of cows in the Blackwater River.


12/17    Jerry Kee from the Virginia Department of Transportation/VDOT said “No Litter” signs for Burdette Road are on order.

Received word from Ronald Patton, Norfolk-Southern Railroad, that drift was cleared from Courtland Bridge.


12/18   Received Camp Foundation Grants.

Toured new boat landing site on Rt 617, the land being cleared for a ramp.

Reported to City of Franklin about retention pond trash in Food Lion parking lot.


12/28   Reported to City of Franklin about trash all around Web Courts dumpster which sits right beside retention pond.

Reported to Southampton County Manager, Mike Johnson, that stream coming off of Turner Tract was muddy again.  Enviva Superintendent Carl Butler said they were doing what they could but they were battling the recent 2 inches of rain.


1/4              Was contacted by Brian Van Eerden of The Nature Conservancy concerning a report of sewage disposal company dumping sewage truck into Raccoon Creek watershed tributary of Nottoway River.  I contacted Department of Environmental Quality.  On 1/7 DEQ finished investigation and found no evidence of any problems at the location. They also investigated an alleged oil spill complaint from the complainant. No evidence was found supporting that.  The Virginia Department of Health was also called to the site and their findings were the same as the DEQ.


1/7              Three day patrol of the Blackwater River at Joyner’s Bridge portion of the river.  Picked up ¾ bag trash and one very large TV.



Other Business

Anne Parker will be in Richmond, attending conservation concerns in the State Legislature, hearings and/or committees.

Felice Hancock and Jeff Turner discussed the second printing of 250 water-mill booklets to be done this spring.

No further business presented, Newsome dismissed the meeting.


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  1. Bobby T says:

    I like the new website.

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