New River Watershed Roundtable, Inc.
P.O. Box 1506 Dublin, VA 24084 phone 540-643-2590
shared calendar at <http://calendar.yahoo.com/newriverwatershedroundtable>
website at <www.vawatersheds.org/newriver>
Friday, February 10, 2006
Blue Ridge Plateau Visitor Center, Hillsville
Clean Up Focus Group Minutes
Mike Smith NRWR Clean Up Chair
Donnie Turner Director of Tourism (Floyd, Patrick, Grayson, Carroll Co.s, city of
George Santucci NCNR Executive Director
Jim Elliot NRTSP
Llyn Sharp NRWR
Kelly Miller DCR SWCD Coordinator
Benny QuesenberryNRWR Board
Tim OttDCR Regional Watershed Manager
Decisions Made for Clean Up Event
Date: Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006
Focus on reach of New River downstream of Foster Falls along New River Trail State Park, ending at Allisonia. (13 miles; Wythe and Pulaski Co.; we will also have a stop point at Rt. 100, 6.5 miles)
Include other reaches and tributaries by participation from local groups
It was decide that New River Watershed Roundtable will enroll in the Adopt-A-Stream Program through the VA Dept. Conservation and Recreation.
Mike Smith will be the primary contact
Kelly Miller will be the secondary contact
Date we chose Sept. 23rd 2006 ties in with NCNR Big Sweep; is the week after the NRT Challenge race.
George Santucci is willing to include us in this effort, will help direct his VA volunteers toward our reach of the river.
Big Sweep NC statewide event; provides liability coverage for their event
500+ volunteers includes schools, Appl. State U.
They do tributaries as well Ashe, Watauga, Allegheny, etc.
Adopt - A- Stream (AAS) DCR statewide program
Has advantage of getting nice signs in high-visibility areas (Foster Falls and Allisonia access points on New River Trail State Park; Jim says that will be OK with the Park)
Offers advantage of liability coverage by state of VA (is this true?); at least state provides liability waivers for participants.
Kelly New River SWCD-Coordinator is AAS liaison for our area, Lane Guilliams is the statewide contact in Richmond
Sites already established:
- Elk Creek
- Little River
- Radford Loop
George suggests a big day and celebration at the end
Mike corporate sponsor to provide food
George will get NCNR to look into it
Tim AEP might donate
Dave if in Wythe Co. work with their collection systems to dispose of trash and junk
Kelly setup as a White Goods day like on Guest River
- WQIF helped fund
- People got $5 for drop-off
- Roundtable could maybe do this with New River Counties
- Recycling company picked up appliances
Kelly will check on funding used by Guest River event
Donnie be great if we had one day that got recognized as New River Cleanup day in VA.
Jim Elliot first years are the heavy ones
Mike we need support from the NRTSP
Land along river is private between NRTSP trail and river, so we will have to arrange for specific drop points.
Dave if we are relying on collection points at Austinville, why not clean upstream to Austinville ? Response: water more dangerous and deep in that reach.
Bennie Q has a small dump truck
Landfill Carroll Co. is closest, though cleanup is in Wythe and Pulaski
Jim Collection centers may donate a construction dumpster, park can truck stuff to the dumpsters
Donnie County admin. for Wythe Co. can put it on the BOS agenda and get them to approve it.
Jim Waste Industries is the commercial link
Donnie maybe Waste Industries are easier to work with.
Jim another way to get construction dumpsters is for people to donate money that can be used to pay for the dumpster
Jim park has 10 canoes they can commit, may also do a watershed program
Mike outfitters will donate canoes and rafts
Lead Mines Rescue/State Parks has Swift Water Rescue Team
AAS has liability waiver, check on coverage, if not covered by DCR, check with RC&D.
George says Big Sweep provides that for them
Rebar on Austinville section sticking up from riverbed all the way across how to get that out of the river? Not part of this cleanup but another cleanup issue to pursue. Hazard for boaters.
Safety Issues (Mike, Donnie)
Canoe availability and maps (DCR)
ID sites (Mike, Donnie)
- for cleanup, for trail access, hazards, landowner contacts
AEP contact for food (Darla, Ron)
AAS paperwork confirmed
Kelly will check on coke and pepsi for water or drinks
Jim will talk to park for collection from trail OK
Donnie will check with Wythe county admin
- Eddy Hagy is the district rep., Jim also knows him
Donnie will check on R. U. ACA Swift Water Rescue team
Mike will check with private landowners for access along the route
- Bill Gardner New River Retreat
Mike P.R. needs
Kelly--DCR can contact current AAS to notify about date,
Kelly will also file AAS paperwork for us
Tim bring up with ExComm for advertising and support
George Boone/Blowing Rock and Watauga all need more water; we should pay attention not only to water quality but to water quantity.
- Boone (4MGD)
- Ashe (20 MGD) collaboration with Watauga
- Wythe (6-10 MGD)
For New River at Galax (USGS 03164000) lowest daily flow Llyn can find was 303 cfs or 195.8 MGD on Sept. 14, 1954. Peak flow in the flood of 1940 was 141,000 cfs or 91,131 MGD. Wowee. So we might be looking at a possible 17.3% drawdown from lowest flow. The water utilities may have better data.