March 2015 Meeting Minutes

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April 6, 2015

Blackwater-Nottoway Riverkeeper Program

March 11, 2015                                                                                                          as recorded by Felice Hancock, Recording Secretary

The meeting at the Paul D. Camp Community College Workforce Center Conference Room had 8 people attending, including BNRP Board Members:  Jeff Turner, Curtis Newsome, Nancy Turner and Anne Parker. Chairman Newsome called the meeting to order with a welcome and requested that Secretary Hancock read the February Minutes.  Nancy Turner motioned that the minutes be approved and Anne Parker seconded – February 2015 Minutes were passed.

Newsome then requested the Treasurer’s Report.  Nancy Turner noted February revenue as $464.04; expenses as $1,300.69; and balance at end of month being $40,923.88.

Next Chairman Newsome asked for the Membership Report (2014 and 2015 membership merged/overlapped until April.)  Membership Secretary Bobby Turner reported a total of 165 members.  New members include Blackwater Outfitters of Courtland; William Cuthrell of Simpsonville, KY; and Clark Fox of Capron.   Welcome to our new members.

March 2015 Riverkeeper Report                                           by Jeff Turner, Blackwater-Nottoway Riverkeeper                 

2/13:  I was informed that the Albemarle Chowan Watershed Roundtable (ACWRT) had decided on a plan of action for the Courtland bank stabilization project.  Part of that plan includes spraying herbicide mixed with diesel fuel on the shoreline along the Nottoway River.  I had told the ACWRT the obvious issue with using this method and stated the BNRP would not sign off on such a reckless method knowing there are alternatives to using a petroleum-based additive.  They decided to move forward on the project anyway.  I have informed Southampton County Administrator Mike Johnson of our position and I recommended the county not approve the project.  I also sent ACWRT letter of the BNRP resignation from the roundtable.  I informed the county and the ACWRT that if any petroleum base product were sprayed along the Nottoway River I would treat the incident as I would any intentional pollution event and aggressively prosecute the polluting entity.

2/17:   Heard back from Paul Saunders from DMME (Va. Dept of Mineral Mining) on my concern of sand pit holding pond breach near Rt 258 Bridge.  Said there might be a muskrat issue there and that they have contacted the owner to make sure there will not be a problem.  He saw no issue upon inspection but area was frozen the day he inspected.

3/2:   Meeting with VDGIF about pier extension at Hercules ramp was once again postponed because of terrible weather. We will try on the 18th…3rd try.

Last river patrol 2/3 due to continued bad weather and bad forecast ability of NOAA.

Old Business:

Brief discussion of picnic/banquet for the BNRP.  Proposed May 9 date.  Checking to see if Bronco Club on the Nottoway River will be available.

New Business:

The Tails of Moonpie book has won the Virginia Outdoor Writers Association/VOWA book of the year award & Madison Co. Best of Va. Award.   Annual meeting will be March 21 in Charlottesville.

Clean River Day/CRD listed on website at     Date will be March 28/Saturday.


With no further business, Curtis Newsome dismissed the meeting.

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