January 2014 Meeting Minutes

17 Feb
February 17, 2014

Blackwater-Nottoway Riverkeeper Program
January 9, 2014
As recorded by Felice Hancock, Recording Secretary

The meeting had 7 members present, with Board of Directors attending as follows: Jeff Turner, Nancy Turner, and Anne Parker. Attending as guest was Jerry Quesenberry from Dinwiddie County, who has wet-land expertise. Riverkeeper Jeff Turner opened the meeting with a welcome and requested that Felice Hancock read the minutes of the December meeting. Following the reading, Nancy Turner motioned that the minutes be approved, seconded by Jeff Turner. Jeff Turner then requested that Nancy Turner read the Treasurer’s report. Revenue for December was $837.14. Expenses were $2,348.35. Next, Jeff Turner asked to hear the Membership report by Bobby Turner. Membership now stands at 140 members, with the addition of 4 new members from the Cuthriell family of Smithfield (Bryce, Michael, Shelby, and Terri). Welcome to our new members.

Riverkeeper Report
By Jeff Turner, Blackwater-Nottoway Riverkeeper
12/12 Talked to Steve Ivey and confirmed doing butts for BBQ for Riverkeeper festival this upcoming May 10, Saturday.
12/16 Sent letters to Board of Directors of the CSX and Norfolk Southern Railroads, encouraging saying “no” to Rt. 460.
Letter to John Friedman Norfolk Southern Railroad’s strategic planning person.
12/18 3 day patrol Blackwater River at Burdette. No issues.
12/22 Letter to Ed Sundra, Director of Program Development for Federal Highway Administration, Virginia Division, regarding Rt. 460 Project.
Thank you letter to Perry Gayle donation of $500, formerly from Franklin area.
Thank you letters to Camp Foundations for funding.
12/28 Receipt of new laptop.
12/30 Found out Southampton County will get 2 million dollars if Rt. 460 Project approved. 300-acre wetland credits at Turner Tract wetland bank.
12/31 Sent pictures of giant dirt pile Rt. 460 Project for Rt. 620 interchange to U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.
Sent grade pins and survey flag maps to Rick Myers, Natural Areas Stewardship Manager (Dept. of Conservation Resources.) DCR said they had not given permission for any surveying on DCR preserve land. Tim McCormick doing the investigating and discovering this surveying that included Rt. 460 route flagging at preserve.
1/3 Contacted Eric Brittle, Biologist for VA Dept. Game & Inland Fisheries, about proposed 150 acre lake for Greenville County off of the Nottoway River. Sent letters to DEQ, USACE, Southern Environmental Law, Dogwood Alliance, Coastal Canoeist, and the Nature Conservancy about Lake Nottoway project and my objections.
1/4 Wrote letter to Broad of Supervisors of Southampton County regarding “no” to Rt. 460 Project.
1/5 Letter to Major James Shaver, U.S. ARMY at Fort Pickette about Lake Nottoway Project. Said he would do what he could and contact Thomas Inge, Director for the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation.
1/6 Sent letter to Ben Stagg, VRMC, stating BNRP stand on Lake Nottoway Project.

New Business:
Renewal letters for BNRP to be sent in near future, this month.
Bi-annual Riverkeeper Festival & Invites to be sent in March; festival to be held on May 10, Saturday.
Entered The Mill Booklet and Felice Hancock in the Virginia Outdoor Writer’s Association EIS (Excellence in Craft) contest.

There being no further business, Riverkeeper Jeff turner adjourned the meeting.

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