September 2015 Meeting Minutes

07 Nov
November 7, 2015

As recorded by Felice Hancock, Secretary

The monthly meeting at the Paul D. Camp Community College Workforce Center Conference Room was attended by six people, including BNRP Board Members:  Curtis Newsome, Jeff Turner (via phone), Anne Parker and Nancy Turner. 

Chairman Newsome called the meeting to order with a welcome and requested that Secretary Hancock read the August Minutes.  Nance Turner motioned that the minutes be approved and this motion was seconded aby Anne Parker – motion passed.

Next Newsome requested the reading of the Treasurer’s Report from Nancy Turner.  For August 2015 the monthly revenue was $4,547.92 (with $3,000.00 contributed by Southampton County and $1,500 by City of Franklin.)  Expenses for August being $2,116.88 (which included annual Riverkeeper vehicle insurance).

Chairman Newsome next asked for a report from Membership Secretary Bobby Turner who stated that the membership remained at 144 members, the same as the previous month.


September 2015 Riverkeeper Report

By Jeff Turner

8/12:  Three-day patrol on the Nottoway, no water quality issues other than stagnant water due to low flow/no rain. There is a hunting lodge being built on the river approximately 2 miles downriver from the RT 671 boat landing.

8/19:  Submitted Camp grants for 2016.

8/20:  Received City of Franklin funding of $1500. Thank you letters sent.

8/23:  Three-day patrol on Nottoway, both upriver and downriver from chemical plant.  Water quality continues to degrade because of lack of rain/flow.  Water quality was much improved 1 mile above chemical plant than downriver.

8/31:  Met with Joe Stutts and Rev. Ben Duffey to discuss S.S. Olive project.  S.S. stands for Steam Ship or Sailing Ship, though it can be used on non-steam powered vessels as was the case with the SS Minnow on Gilligan’s Island! (Ha Ha!)

9/1:  Riverkeeper hernia surgery.

9/4:  Southampton County Administrator Mike Johnson reports that cleanup of the Styrofoam site location on the Nottoway is 20% complete.  See work being done in photos.

9/9:  The grain slurry that contaminated Stony Creek came from the Vireol Bio Energy Plant in Hopewell. The slurry is a by-product of ethanol production. That slurry was then delivered to several locations in Southside Va. to be used as feed. Improper storage of this slurry is how it got in Stony Creek. The plant has shut down because of low gas prices.


New Business:

We decided the Banquet should be cancelled due to the uncertainty of when Jeff Turner would have surgery and the outcome of that surgery. That way there would be enough time to withdraw our Bronco Club reservation and release the caterer without penalty.

Curtis Newsome observed the Blackwater River around Barrett’s Landing and reported that the water quality looked good.  Felice Hancock toured the Nottoway around the area of Sebrell/Southampton County and “waded” in a beach area on the first weekend and enjoyed the view.


As there was no new business to discuss, Chairman Newsome adjourned the meeting until the second Wednesday/October 14, 2015 at 7:30pm at PDCCC Workforce Center.  Meetings are open to the public.


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