Minutes recorded by Jeff Turner Riverkeeper
The monthly meeting at the Paul D. Camp Community College Workforce Center Conference Room was attended by 5 people, including BNRP Board members: Curtis Newsome, Jeff Turner, Nancy Turner, Anne Parker.
Chairman Newsome called the meeting to order with a welcome and requested that Riverkeeper Jeff Turner read the September Minutes in the absence of Secretary Hancock. Nancy Turner motioned that the minutes be passed with typo corrections, seconded by Jeff Turner – motion passed as submitted.
Nancy Turner was next requested to read the Treasurer report. For October 2015 the revenue was $160.00; expenses were $1,053.33.
Membership Secretary Bobby Turner then reported that membership was at 148.
There was discussion that the BNRP would be willing to have printed an info-card of pollution reporting phone numbers to be distributed to Blackwater Outfitters. These info-cards would be given to customers renting boats in hope they will call in pollution or other water quality issues they come across while on the river. Riverkeeper Jeff Turner will discuss with Blackwater Outfitters.
Anne Parker Report
Anne Parker attended the Garden Club of Virginias 57th Conservation forum in Lynchburg Va. The forum featured short films presented by organizations involved with environmental issues and conservation efforts. Anne reported that she learned of a new tool termed “Viewshed” which is now being used to help efforts at conserving historic/ecologically valuable locations. According to Wikipedia a viewshed is a geographical area that is visible from a location. It includes all surrounding points that are in line-of-sight with that location and excludes points that are beyond the horizon or obstructed by terrain or other features such as buildings or trees. The State of Virginia does not recognize view sheds. Piedmont Environmental Council strongly recommends that we (environmental community) document view sheds as to the importance of Virginia’s, history, natural beauty and tourist economy.