Sound Rivers is a private nonprofit organization that guards the health and natural beauty of the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River Basins. We partner with concerned citizens to monitor, protect, restore and preserve the watersheds covering 23% of North Carolina’s land mass. Our goal to provide clean water to our communities for consumption, recreation, nature preservation and agricultural use.

Founded in 2015 with the merger of two of the state’s oldest grassroots conservation organizations, Sound Rivers combines the deep history of advocacy of the Neuse River Foundation, established in 1980, and the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation, established in 1981. This union to become Sound Rivers creates a powerful advocate protecting our most cherished waterways and bolsters our impact within the State of North Carolina.

Our three full-time Riverkeepers® monitor and protect the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River Basins, serving as scientific experts and educational resources to schools and communities in the watershed.

Your Support Protects Our Rivers

Our Mission

To monitor and protect the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River watersheds covering nearly one quarter of North Carolina, and to preserve the health and beauty of the river basin through environmental justice.

Our Team

  • Corinne Everett Belch

    Director of Development

  • Matt Butler

    Environmental Projects Manager

  • Heather Jacobs Deck

    Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper

  • Travis Graves

    Lower Neuse Riverkeeper

  • Harrison Marks

    Executive Director

  • Matthew Starr

    Upper Neuse Riverkeeper

Sound Rivers Board of Directors

Bill Hunneke - President
Jim Kellenberger - Vice President
Lawrence Behr - Treasurer
David McCracken - Secretary

Natalie Baggett - New Bern
Lorrie Basnight - Eastern Area Health Education Center
Mary Davidson - The Four C’s
Jake Jacobson - New Bern
Emilie Kane - Greenville
Tim Kelley - Professor of Environmental Health, ECU
Ernie Larken - Greenville
Alex Manda - Professor of Hydrology, ECU
Grady McCallie - NC Conservation Network
Chris Smith - Safe Harbor Family Capital
Stephen Smith - McMillan & Smith
Ben Watts - Natty Greene's Brewery