As recorded by John Bunch, Secretary Curtis Newsome opened the meeting and asked that John Bunch read the minutes from the previous monthly meeting.
The minutes were read, Jeff Turner made the motion to adopt the minutes, seconded by Nancy Turner, and passed. Curtis asked Nancy for the treasurer’s report for February. She reported that revenues were $1,055.00 (dues for memberships and contributions), expenses were $3606.04. Large expenses for the month were for the annual banquet, liability insurance, and extra atlases purchase. Nancy was asked about the expense of the banquet and remarked that it compared similarly to the cost of last year’s. Bobby Turner then gave the Membership Report which now has the group count at 115 members that have paid dues for 2010. There is now no carry-over from 2009. The meeting had 8 in attendance and BOD members present were Nancy Turner, Anne Parker, Sherri Woodard, Jeff Turner, and Curtis Newsome. The Riverkeeper Report As presented by Jeff Turner On 2/11 – Received word that the lifejacket bill SB 93 passed in the Senate. Then it went to the House where I have now received word it was killed in committee (Committee of the Militia, Police and Public Safety). Senator Quayle was sponsoring the bill. On 2/15 – Sent ideas to the City of Franklin concerning Barrett’s Landing pier improvements. Since Dominion does not seem to be interested in the project anymore, IP could possibly donate a floating dock they now possess to help with this improvement. The City was favorable to the idea and IP has stated that the dock could not be donated until the plant officially closes. On 2/17 – Annual Banquet was held having 65 attendees (76 had sent in RSVPs). DCR’s Lynn Crump was the recipient of the Lon Marks Conservationist of the Year Award and gave a nice presentation about the BW Scenic River Initiative that was well received. On 2/19 – Met with Dan Howe (Franklin’s Downtown Associate Director) to discuss the pier project and the boardwalk nature trail. On 3/3 – Met with Paul Moye and two others from the US Army Corps of Engineers to discuss flood issues on the two rivers. They wanted to know the issues up and down the rivers. – Attended the TMDL (Total Max Daily Load) meeting in Sussex Co. for Assamoosick Swamp. The swamp is primarily in Sussex Co. with a small ortion in Southampton Co. Also the TMDL is being developed for the BW River and tributaries including Second Swamp, Blackwater Swamp, Blackwater River, Otterdam Swamp, Coppahaunk Swamp, and Warwick Swamp. These drainages are located in Dinwiddie, Prince George, Sussex Counties, and Petersburg and are all listed for E. coli bacteria. On 3/8 – The APNEP (Albemarle Pamlico National Estuary Program) grants were decided (I sit on the decision making committee for these grants). The total amount awarded was $118,022 and a breakdown follows and how I voted on each: – Currituck Co “Landscaping with Nature in Currituck Co” $20,000 Recommended – Greenville Co “Uriah Branch Nature Trail” $20,000 Recommended – “Henderson Affordable Housing Wetland Boardwalk/Trail” $20,000 Highly Recommended – Dinwiddie Jr HS “Outdoor Classroom & Nature Trail” $15,206 Not Recommended – NC Division of Marine Fisheries “Reducing Stormwater runoff into Bogue Sound from DENR Headquarters $8087 Not Recommended – Carrot Island Habitat Improvement Demonstration Project $14,929 Recommended – JH Rose HS In-Stream Constructed Wetland’s Schoolyard Demonstration Project $19,800 Recommended On 3/10 – Sent in public comment letter for the above mentioned TMDLs. This concluded the Riverkeeper Report Other Items: – Sean Maconaghy reported for Ashland that there were two internal BOD violations in February, both related to one issue. As a result their activated sludge was knocked out and had to be reactivated. There was nothing impacted in the river. Also, the lagoon remediation project is going well, targeted for completion by May. There still remains ~24 mmg to remove from the pond and the water & sludge are both treated separately. EPA was on site on 3/9 to see firsthand the progress. – Clean Rivers Day – all is progressing well for this year’s event. – A float trip from Joyner’s Bridge to Barrett’s Landing is planned to occur on the same day as CRD. This is being sponsored by DCR and concerns the Celebration of the Scenic Rivers Initiative