November 14, 2012
as recorded by Felice Hancock, Secretary
The meeting had 7 members in attendance, and the Board of Directors’ members who were present were as follows: Curtis Newsome, Jeff Turner, Nancy Turner, Sherri Woodard, and Anne Parker.
Curtis Newsome opened the meeting by requesting the Minutes from October be read. Jeff Turner motioned the minutes be approved, seconded by Sherri Woodard; passed.
Jeff next requested that Nancy Turner give the Treasurer’s report. The October revenue was $30.00; expenses were $1,233.07.
Bobby Turner gave the Membership Secretary’s report noting that there are 142 members as of the end of October, with no new members.
Riverkeeper Report by Jeff Turner
10/10 Contacted City of Franklin about trash in and around the retention pond beside the Chinese Buffet restaurant.
10/11 Three day patrol on Blackwater River below the Steel Bridge. Heavy trash.
10/14 Contacted VDGIF, Southampton County Sheriff, IOW Sheriff and VDOT about shore fishermen trashing the Blackwater River along Burdette Road, which runs beside the river near the Burdette Bridge. VDGIF responded saying they would try to get by there more often.
10/23 Three day patrol Blackwater River upriver from the Steel Bridge. No issues.
11/1 Wake buoy on Blackwater River near Franklin replaced or repaired.
11/2 Contacted by Paul Ayers, Biosystems Engineering Professor at the University of Tennessee. He requested an endorsement letter for a project he is seeking funding for from the Department of Defense. The proposed project involves kayak-based video-mapping of the stretch of the Nottoway River flowing through Fort Pickett. The project is designed to provide Fort Pickett’s environmental managers with an approach to identify areas of excessive stream bank erosion in order to implement remediation. I provided that letter to him after reviewing his proposal.
11/7 VDGIF released nearly 6,100 more mussels into the Nottoway River.
11/9 Three day patrol on the Nottoway River below the Bronco Club. Trash was heavy for that section of river. No other issues.
11/12 Attended the Western Tidewater Regional Humanities Council meeting for the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities in Courtland.
11/13 Manned BNRP booth and attended the Franklin Garden Club’s uranium forum, pros & cons on lifting the ban on mining. 130 people attended with a strong turnout by general public, local politicians and Paul D. Camp College’ Science Club.
Discussion of the new map: Suffolk Water Trails – ecologically diverse & historically rich, by Suffolk River Heritage and other nonprofits. There is interest in creating similar map for BNRP.
The BNRP’s Watered-powered Mills booklet has generated much interest and printed copies are almost gone. The cost of a second printing will be looked into and discussed in the December meeting.
Still working on reprinting the River Atlas.
No further items, Curtis Newsome concluded the meeting.
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