June 2017 Meeting Minutes

13 Jul
July 13, 2017

Blackwater-Nottoway Riverkeeper Program
June 14th, 2017
As recorded by John Bunch, acting Secretary
The monthly BNRP meeting, held at The Paul D. Camp Community College Workforce Center, had 9 people in attendance. Board Members were Jeff Turner, Anne Parker, Nancy Turner, Sherri Woodard and Curtis Newsome. Bobby Turner, Scott Thomson, Felice Hancock, and John Bunch (acting Secretary) were also in attendance. John stood in as secretary as Felice was late in getting to the meeting.
Curtis opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and then asking that John read the May meeting minutes. Following that reading, Jeff made a motion that the minutes be adopted as is, was seconded by Anne. The minutes were adopted with no changes.
Curtis then asked for the Treasurer’s Report which, given by Nancy, showed expenses for the month of May to be $1388.10, revenue being $0, and leaving a balance of $23,874.23.
Curtis asked Bobby to give the membership report and Bobby said that the member count is currently at 104. This is an increase of 2 from the previous month. New members are Mel & Jim Holt.
June 2017 Riverkeeper Report
5/11 Nottoway Indian Tribe of Va. clean-up at Cary’s Bridge. 15 tires 10 bags and roof shingles 760 pounds.
I.P. fixes sawdust issue at mill by adding additional length to a discharge chute.
5/14 Three day patrol BW, no trash to speak of no water quality issues.
5/24 Three day patrol BW light trash no water quality issues. Stormed entire trip.
6/1 Faxed IRS requesting information on dissolution back pay question. Received notification of receipt of that faxed information by letter on June 7th. Expect 45 days for answer.
6/2 Received information on Travelers Inn near Petersburg exceeding permit limits for its on site WWTP from Patrick Dearmey with Environmental Action Group. To Nottoway.
Solar car wash soap into BW trib corrected. Concrete was poured to create a back-slope so water/soap goes into main drain.
6/6 Asked DEQ about posting fish consumption advisories for striped bass for mercury. DEQ said they had recently posted advisories for mercury in striped bass at most estuarine waters. I’m asking for posting for our rivers.
6/8 Tires at Rt 189 recovered by I.P. They also cleaned up another deposit of tires up the road from there. Total of 42 tires. This after I.P had cleaned up the site earlier this year.
6/9 Three day patrol Nottoway at Delaware. Little trash no water quality issues. Confiscated 20 some limblines. 10 of which were tagged but info faded. Eventually determined who they belonged to with help of VDGIF Enforcement. Local juvenile was determined to have been the culprit. Was decided to issue stern warning from VDGIF and I and let parents discipline.
6/14 Letter to VDH Director Caroline Holsinger about the need for signage warning the public about mercury in blue cats.
New Business:
Jeff asked around the room if anyone had anything to add to the meeting.
Scott Thomson pointed out that Solenis had been in the local paper recently (which everyone was aware of) and said that the articles had been well written. He said that all is going well at the plant and he would like to host the BNRP group at the plant on August 9th for a tour the plant and grounds. He said that dinner would be provided and would like to meet there at 5:30 so as to have plenty of daylight and that correct clothing should be worn, pointing out this is a workplace, so no shorts, or flip flops or cut-off shirts.
John Bunch brought up that the forest on the west side of the Nottoway River up from Carey’s Bridge that runs from 3 Creek and stretching to the Va Beach Pipeline has now been logged, and leaving very little tree buffer to the river.
John brought in 2 primitive plants for Show & Tell, a Quillwort and Liverworts. The Liverworts are related to mosses, are the simplest true plants, don’t have true leaves as there is no conducting tissue, no roots, and have existed for ~400 million years. The Quillworts are sporebearing at the base of their growth, lives in muddy wet places, are related to Clubmosses, and have been around for at least 250 million years.

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