Blackwater-Nottoway Riverkeeper Program
May 10th, 2017
As recorded by John Bunch, acting Secretary
The monthly BNRP meeting, held at The Paul D. Camp Community College Workforce Center, had 7 people attending. Board Members were Jeff Turner, Anne Parker, Nancy Turner, and Sherri Woodard. Bobby Turner, Scott Thomson, and John Bunch (acting Secretary) were also in attendance. John stood in as secretary as Felice had recently had surgery on her right hand and at home recovering.
Jeff opened the meeting by welcoming everyone and then asking that John read the April meeting minutes. Following that reading, Jeff made a motion that the minutes be adopted as is, was seconded by Nancy. The minutes were adopted.
Jeff then asked for the Treasurer’s Report which, given by Nancy, showed expenses for the month of April to be $2698.71, revenue being $309.26. The large expense for the month was for liability insurance. Jeff mentioned that a good part of the revenue that had come in for the month was due to river atlas sales. He said that when he posted on FaceBook about having them for sale, the sales picked up. Nancy passed out a list of the groups that had been sent the grant application letters, the list numbered 29.
Bobby then gave the membership report saying that the member count is currently at 102. This is an increase of 3 from the previous month. One of those three is the Boykins Ruritan Club, returning to the group, having been absent last year.
May 2017 Riverkeeper Report
4/7 I.P. did a clean-up of several places in the area including Rt 189, behind Birdsong Pnut, MC Car Wash area, Tractor Suppy ditch, ParkN Shop, Ace Armory Ditch. Four large teams 38 people collected 93 bags, 24 tires, two trash barrels, fridge door and propane tank to name a few of the odd things. 2850 pounds.
4/13 Franklin Lions Club cleaned up Round gut area including the road there collected 12 bags 300 pounds.
4/27 Contacted Rex Alphin about possible new concrete facility being built in Lees Mill area. Approximate same location as prior facility that had so many DEQ issues.
4/29 Three day patrol BW below Franklin on pontoon boat first of the year. Very little trash, no water quality issues.
5/4 Citizen contacted me about Solar Car Wash beside Rite-Aide. Problem soap coming off facility into stream again. Investigated found that to be true due to possible drain that was installed last time issue came up is clogged. Contacted DEQ they came looked at issue and have asked owner to correct. Owner contacted me and said they were working on coming up with a new plan instead of the drain at the exit of the automated wash.
Owner contacted me today 5/10. Said new fix was to pour concrete to change slope so runoff would go back to center drain.
5/4 Contacted Mayor Rabil about boom idea and reported to him about Bogart pond now choked with algae. Upstream pond at web Court is not, so there is a nutrient issue somewhere there. Also sent him pics of river side erosion at Franklin Boat Landing possibly due to denuding of all vegetation along river.
5/7 Three day patrol BW below Franklin. Very light trash, no water quality issues. 1 juvy eagle spotted at Cherry Grove nest site. Reported to Franklin Police Chief Hardison a homeless person possibly living at facility.
Scott Thomson brought out a map of the grounds of the area around the Solenis plant showing where Will’s Gut is located. Questions about this area had been asked of Jeff from someone whose relatives had once owned land there. There is also an associated graveyard in that vicinity that is kept up. The rainfall, in addition with outfall 003 of Solenis, drains through this gut, continuing under the road and then flows out to the Nottoway River.
Scott then said that a public notice will be coming out concerning issues that DEQ had gotten involved with. This has to do with a missed toxicity sampling event and a temperature excursion. All have been taken care of and it had to do mainly with how measurements had been taken. He also mentioned that the Water Withdrawal Permit has been approved and that DEQ has requested additional groundwater aquifer monitoring wells be installed to better track that level. Scott finished by saying that he would like to have the BNRP group on site for a little field trip of the facility and grounds sometime this summer.
John Bunch brought in a curious little plant for Show & Tell. It was a small fern called the Mosquito Fern, completely aquatic and floats. Grows in still waters around here and to the south, turns red in the sun, green in the shade, and freezing water will kill it.