• Industrial Animal Operations Remain in the Spotlight

    By Travis Graves, Lower Neuse Riverkeeper There have been numerous new developments regarding Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) in North Carolina, many of which revolve around Gov. Cooper’s new administration. On January 27, NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Secretary Michael Regan publically responded to a letter from the Environmental Protection Agency’s External Civil Rights […]

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  • Safe Water: Fish Smart, Eat Smart

    By Matt Buttler & Matthew Starr Seafood is an important part of any diet. Fish and shellfish are a great source of protein and nutrients, and are low in saturated fat. A well-balanced diet that includes seafood can be good for heart health, growth, and development. Some fish, however, may contain chemicals that could lead […]

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  • Sound Rivers Announces 2017 Annual Meeting

    NOTICE OF ANNUAL MEETING Sound Rivers, Inc. will hold its Annual Meeting on April 19 in Greenville, NC.  The meeting will begin at 11:15 AM at the Eastern Area Health Education Center located at 2760 W. Arlington Blvd, Greenville, NC  27834. In addition to a review of 2016 performance, a number of volunteer awards will […]

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  • Bill Hines to Paddle 190 Miles of the Neuse

    We always enjoy hearing about people exploring our waterways here at Sound Rivers. Bill Hines, a longtime Sound Rivers volunteer, will be leading a paddling trip down the Neuse River this month – but not just any paddling trip. This excursion will last seven days – from April 9th to April 15th – and will […]

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  • Action Alert: Tell NC House to Amend SB131

    Action Alert! Please contact your House member and ask them to remove Section 3.13 from Senate Bill 131. This section opens the door for 300 feet or any stream and river to be destroyed without consequence. Read more about SB131 HERE. You can use this brief script when you call: Hi Rep._____, I am   your […]

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  • SB131 Threatens Rivers

    Last week the House Regulatory Reform Committee passed Senate Bill 131 (SB131). The bill does two things that, if passed, will have very negative outcomes for our rivers and streams. First, this bill will allow for twice the amount of river length to be destroyed. Currently a developer can destroy 150 feet of stream or […]

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  • Sound Rivers & SELC File Motion Against CAFO Pollution

    For Release: March 14, 2017 Contacts: Geoff Gisler, Senior Attorney, Southern Environmental Law Center, 919-967-1450 or ggisler@selcnc.org Will Hendrick, Staff Attorney, Waterkeeper Alliance, 919-839-6011 or whendrick@waterkeeper.org Harrison Marks, Executive Director, Sound Rivers, 252-946-7211 or Harrison@soundrivers.org Industrial Hog Operation Murphy-Brown Refuses to Clean up Its Pollution in Three Eastern North Carolina River Basins   CHAPEL HILL, […]

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  • NC Senate Bill Hurts Waterways

    The NC Senate has taken a step to weaken protections for our state’s waterways with its recent Senate Bill 131. Under this bill, the length of stream developers can harm or destroy before having to mitigate the damage they cause will be doubled. According to NC Policy Watch, “Senate Bill 131 could benefit not only the entire […]

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  • Action Alert: Save the Sea Grant

    Recent federal budget discussions include a suggested 18% cut to NOAA and the elimination of the National Sea Grant College Program, which includes a program based at NC State University. This would be devastating to a broad diversity of stakeholders nationwide and in North Carolina who count on Sea Grant to build resilience in their community; grow, harvest […]

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  • How to Make Your Voice Heard

    Your voice can make all the difference in protecting and preserving our rivers.  With the NC legislature back in session, there are likely to be many occasions for action alerts over the next few months. Elected officials are more likely to listen when they hear from lots of voters in their districts. Please be on […]

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  • Blounts Creek Hearing Proceeds

    The legal battle to protect Blounts Creek has new life after a Superior Court decision today.  Carteret County Superior Court Judge Douglas Parsons denied a motion to dismiss by Martin Marietta Materials.  Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper, Heather Deck, stated, “Martin Marietta’s goal with this hearing was to dismiss this important case on a technicality rather than have a […]

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  • Safe Water and the Impact of Climate Change

    Is it safe to swim? Is it safe to eat the fish I caught? My dog drank some of the water, will he be okay? These are just a few of the routine questions our Riverkeepers are asked each year, particularly during the summer months. Our 2017 newsletters will begin to explore these questions in […]

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  • Hurricane Matthew Aftermath

    In the days leading up to, and immediately following Hurricane Matthew, your Riverkeepers mobilized on the ground, on the water, and in the air to assess the damage and provide reports to regulators, the public, and local and national news outlets. Highlighting these efforts, Matthew Starr, your Upper Neuse Riverkeeper, identified Duke Energy’s illegal discharge […]

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  • Hello 2017, Goodbye 2016

    By Harrison Marks, Executive Director Thanks to your generosity in this past year, Sound Rivers was able to continue the important work of protecting our waterways. 2016 was characterized by numerous legislative efforts to eliminate or erode water quality protections for the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico watersheds. Through hard work, good coordination with other environmental groups, and […]

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  • 2017 Long Session Began in January

    The NC General Assembly’s 2017 long session has begun. During the long session Sound Rivers’ staff expect the return of a regulatory reform bill that will likely seek to roll back clean water protections. As has been the case the last six years, we expect more harmful legislation and attacks on clean water stashed in […]

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