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.
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.
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 http://keepvirginiabeautiful.org/events-va/clean-rivers-day/ Date will be March 28/Saturday.
With no further business, Curtis Newsome dismissed the meeting.