September 2013 Meeting Minutes

10 Oct
October 10, 2013

As recorded by John Bunch, Temporary Secretary

The meeting had 6 members present, with Board of Directors attending as follows: Jeff Turner, Anne Parker, Nancy Turner, and Curtis Newsome.
Curtis Newsome opened the meeting with a welcome and requested that John Bunch read the minutes of the August meeting (John is acting as temporary secretary while Felice is undergoing some tests concerning her health). Following the reading of the minutes, Jeff Turner motioned to approve, Anne Parker seconded, and the minutes were approved with no changes.
Curtis next requested that Nancy Turner give the Treasurer’s report. She reported revenue for August 2013 of $3408.30, expenses of $1000.40.
The Membership Report was next read by Bobby Turner, noting an addition of one new member, Ervin Collier, from Colonial Heights giving a total of 135 members.

Riverkeeper Report
By Jeff Turner

8/15 – Discussions with Donna Smith of Dogwood Alliance about Enviva. They are looking for ways to verify size and wood type being brought into the facility that’s currently being built here.

8/29 – E-mailed suggestions to local law enforcement, Franklin City officials and The Village at Woods Edge about the TRIAD program. TRIAD is a cooperative effort of law enforcement agencies and senior citizens organizations focused on reducing crimes against our seniors. The goal of TRIAD is to reduce the fear of crime and victimization among seniors by increasing awareness of scams and frauds targeting them, strengthening communication between the law enforcement and senior communities and educating seniors on local and state resources that are available in their community. You can find out more about this program at: http://www.oag.state.va.us/Programs%20and%20Resources/TRIAD/index.html

8/30 – 3 day patrol on Nottoway below Hercules. River in good shape, Assisted a river logging crew that’s removing old cut timber from the bottom of the river.

9/6 – 3 day patrol BW below Franklin. River in good shape. Removed a giant bundle of tugboat rope from the river a little farther down from where IP’s D Pond enters the river.

9/7 – Talked to IP Jennifer Hutto about their ASB dike work (ASB stands for Aerated Stabilization Basin and is part of the mill’s wastewater treatment process). I was concerned with so much bare dirt on slopes I could see from the river, especially since it is hurricane season. She stated that after clearing the slopes they will be shaped to a 1.5 to 1 slope and then reseeded. There are a couple of old pipes that run through the dike that will be filled with grout and that will complete the job. Reshaping and seeding should be finished by the end of September and the grouting of the pipes in mid October. Also, a silt fence is maintained around the entire project site per our sedimentation and erosion control plan. A significant portion has double silt fencing. The contractor maintains a berm on the crest of the dike that will prevent rainfall runoff from running down the outboard slope of the berm minimizing potential erosion. Approximately one half of the slope,3000-3500′, has been stabilized through a hydro seeding process call Flexterra. Flexterra is brown and is hard to distinguish from bare soil from a distance. Once the Flexterra has dried it forms a hard shell that deflects rainfall/erosion. Approximately 1500′ of dike already has grass established. The clearing portion of the project is complete and the seeding/stabilizing will proceed at a faster rate over the next couple weeks. In the event of a tropical depression forecasted for the area, the contractor will take steps to provide temporary stabilization, straw application, additional silt fence or other measures as needed for high-risk erosion areas.

9/11 – Attended SC Litter Control meeting along with BNRP President Curtis Newsome.

Sean McConaghy Ashland (could not make it tonight) reports: Things have been quiet here; water discharge quality is well within our permit limits and no issues from any storm water runoff. We are currently shut down for preventative maintenance and a mechanical integrity inspection and should be restarting the plant on 9/16/2013.

Old Business

No old business was discussed.

New Business:

Watershed Awareness Day will be October 5th, during the Franklin Fall Festival, and will be located at the Franklin Farmer’s Market. BNRP will be participating.

Southampton County Historical Society’s 20th annual Heritage day will be held on September 14th. BNRP will be participating.

Green Mountain Employee Appreciation Day/Wellness CAFÉ Vendor Fair to be held at the Workforce Development Center here in Franklin on 9/19.

International Coastal Cleanup, which is sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy, has begun and runs through October. Anyone interested in participating in this effort can get a Data Card from Jeff to fill out as the trash is collected. This is the cleanup that inventories all trash collected.

IP has announced that the company will be closing its Courtland Alabama Mill which employs about the same amount of personnel as did the Franklin Mill before it was shut down in 2010. The Courtland Mill’s closing will not impact operations at the Franklin Mill.

It is with sadness to report that BNRP lost one of its members on September 9th, Jane Beale, to a long bout with cancer. She was the wife of Leland Beale who is also one of our members.

No further business presented, President Curtis Newsome adjourned the meeting.

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