• Atlantic Coast Pipeline to Impact Sensitive Streams and Water Supplies

    The proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) is an interstate natural gas transmission pipeline in Virginia and North Carolina. The ACP is currently proposed to cross 343 bodies of water in North Carolina. Included in that are the Neuse and Tar Rivers, Swift Creek (an outstanding resource water), Fishing Creek, Little River as well as others. […]

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  • Blounts Creek Decision Appealed, Again

    The wait for a decision by the presiding Judge Phil Berger, Jr. ended in late November when he issued a ruling upholding a permit to Martin Marietta Materials. This ruling fails to protect the many interests which benefit from Blounts Creek, and completely ignores the standards of the Clean Water Act intended to protect and […]

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  • Grant Awarded to Begin Neuse Water Trail

    Sound Rivers is proud to announce an award of $60,487 to begin construction of two camping platforms and one ADA Access on the Neuse River in Kinston. The purpose of the Water Trail is to: 1)  increase recreational access to natural resourcesin Eastern North Carolina, 2)  provide safe overnight camping opportunitiesthrough camping platforms, 3)  stimulate […]

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  • December Special Session x3

    The North Carolina General Assembly apparently wasn’t satisfied to hold one December 2016 Special Session. What started as one called session to approve disaster relief funds for victims of Hurricane Matthew and flooding turned into three sessions that included everything from House Bill 2 repeal discussions and limiting incoming Governor Cooper’s authority, to anti-environmental regulatory […]

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  • EPA Expresses “Deep Concern” over Discriminatory Impacts of Industrial Hog Operations in NC

    By Travis Graves, Lower Neuse Riverkeeper In a January 12th letter to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ), the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) External Civil Rights Compliance Office expressed “deep concern” that the State’s failure to adequately regulate more than 2,200 industrial hog operations has a disparate, discriminatory impact on African […]

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  • New DEQ Secretary Begins Work

    Sound Rivers is pleased with Governor Roy Cooper’s selection for the Department of Environmental Quality Secretary, Michael Regan. Mr. Regan, a native of Goldsboro, has extensive experience in environmental policy and management. Regan worked for more than 10 years at the Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, he spent eight years as the head of the […]

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  • Why Small Streams are Important

    There has been a move over the past several years by leadership at the North Carolina General Assembly to roll back protections for small streams. Conservation groups all agree these attacks will be back this session. While small streams (those that your child could jump across) may seem meaningless to overall water quality, they are […]

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  • Building Partners to Reduce Stormwater Pollution

    Polluted stormwater runoff, including sediment from poorly maintained construction sites, is the number one reason for poor water quality in North Carolina. Your Sound Rivers staff have been hard at work to build local partners in an effort to curb our growing stormwater pollution problem. Sediment can cause severe problems for creeks, rivers and estuaries […]

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  • Volunteer Opportunity: Help Study “Zombie” Crabs!

    Did you see Chris Moore’s article on Zombie Crabs, here? You can help Dr. Blakeslee, Associate Professor of Biology at ECU, and her students determine if crabs have a refuge from infection when occupying low- salinity waters that are less beneficial to the parasite. Dr. Blakeslee and her students are looking for volunteers to help […]

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  • Questions Remain on Duke Energy Coal Ash Pits

    By Matthew Starr, Upper Neuse Riverkeeper In 2016, Sound Rivers secured an important legal victory to ensure that the coal ash currently stored in unlined pits along the Neuse River in Goldsboro would be removed by Duke Energy. As part of that removal process, Duke Energy is required to obtain a wastewater discharge permit from […]

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  • Volunteer Spotlight: Ed Rhine

    By Heather Deck, Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper When you hear the term “labor of love” many images may come to mind. For me, this saying is defined best in the past year by Sound Rivers member, Blounts Creek activist, and volunteer Ed Rhine. Within the Blounts Creek Community, I have found water activists with the type of […]

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  • The Rise of “Zombie Crabs”

    By Chris Moore, ECU, Dept. of Biology Over the past ~60 years, native mud crabs in estuaries along the US east coast have been greatly impacted by an invasive parasite; a highly modified barnacle, specifically adapted to infect certain species of crabs. The parasite, Loxothylacus panopaei (“Loxo” for short), is native to the Gulf of […]

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