• Sound Rivers Welcomes Intern

    “You’ve probably heard people talk about conservation. Well, conservation isn’t just the business of a few people. It’s a matter that concerns all of us.”  Breanna Crowell is Sound River’s Water Quality Management intern for the summer through the Stanback Internship Program. She is a graduate student at Duke University pursuing a Master’s degree in […]

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  • Sound Rivers Joins Groups Warning of Coal Ash Loopholes

    Sound Rivers Joins Environmental Groups Warning Of Loopholes In DEQ Coal Ash Classifications RALEIGH – The coal ash classifications released by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) acknowledge that no coal ash storage sites are safe, but environmental advocates remain concerned about loop holes in cleanup plans that could delay or prevent future excavation of […]

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  • EMC Restores Science in Reports

    In today’s meeting of the NC Environmental Management Commission, the Water Quality Committee restored important scientific information to two reports on riparian buffers and Solar Bees in Jordan Lake. On Monday, our Upper Neuse Riverkeeper and the NC Sierra Club sent a letter to the NC Environmental Management Commission urging them to restore important language to a state report on […]

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  • Call to restore science in NC Buffer Report

    Sound Rivers’ Upper Neuse Riverkeeper and the NC Sierra Club sent a letter today to the NC Environmental Management Commission urging them to restore important language to a state report on riparian buffers.  As previously reported in the News and Observer, the McCrory appointed administration at NC Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ) has edited […]

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  • Protect Drinking Water

    Bad Bill Alert: You have a right to know what’s in your drinking water! Call your legislators now about terrible “Issuance of Advisories” bill. It protects POLLUTERS, Not the Public! Legislative session begins today.  Last week, the Department of Environmental Quality proposed a draft bill they said was intended to prevent  “confusion” caused by the recent lifting of […]

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  • Riverkeeper Cup Cleanup Winner Announced

    RIVERKEEPER® Cleanup Cup A Close Competition Thanks to a group of highly dedicated volunteers, the 8th Annual Riverkeeper Cup Cleanup Challenge was a success. Approximately 175 volunteers from multiple communities up and down the Tar-Pamlico River removed just under 5,000 pounds of trash from the river and its banks on Saturday, April 16th. In Franklin County, […]

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  • Keep it in the Ground

    This Earth Day, take action to Keep It in the Ground! There’s no better message to drive home on Earth Day than Keep It in the Ground! As world leaders prepare to sign the Paris climate agreement in New York City, there’s a lot of progress to celebrate. The fossil fuel industry is now slipping […]

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  • Tar Pamlico Water Trail

    Tar-Pamlico Water Trail Sound Rivers has been an advocate for public access, for canoeing and kayaking, to the Tar-Pamlico River System since its founding in 1981.  While SRI’s primary goal is the protection of water quality within the Tar-Pamlico and Neuse River Basins, SRI is continually developing and implementing programs that promote ecotourism, educate local […]

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  • Winter 2016 Enforcement Report

    Enforcement Report Your Riverkeepers are on the front lines. They work in your communities documenting pollution and monitoring the quality of your water. Here is a snapshot of the work carried out in just the first 11 weeks of 2016.  

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  • Blounts Creek Court Date Set

    Blounts Creek Court Hearing Date set After a long wait, the court date for the evidentiary hearing will start on May 31, 2016. In April, 2015 Sound Rivers and the NC Coastal Federation, represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center,  appealed a decision by Administrative Law Judge Phil Berger, Jr. that would have allowed the […]

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  • Volunteer Spotlight Bob Hudkins

    Volunteer Spotlight  By Matt Butler, Environmental Projects Manager In this issue of Currents, the Sound River staff would like to recognize the effort of a long-time volunteer and member, Robert (Bob) Hudkins. Bob is a retired Science Teacher for the Nash-Rocky Mount Schools System where he taught Biology, Earth Science and Environmental Science for 32 […]

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  • It’s Accountability Season

    It’s Accountability Season: Our state’s changing laws and the impacts to clean water Unless you’ve completely checked out and tuned out all media outlets, our guess is that you know it’s an election year. It’s a time full of mailers, robocalls, political ads on internet, television and radio, and a time of boasting and criticizing. It […]

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  • Wayne County residents speak on Coal Ash

    Wayne County residents speak out on impacts from Coal Ash On Thursday, March 10th, community members in the Goldsboro area attended a public hearing and sought answers about the continued pollution of ground and surface water around the coal ash ponds on the banks of the Neuse River.  More than 20 people spoke on a […]

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  • Greetings from your Executive Director

    We All Have One Thing in Common Welcome by Harrison Marks, Executive Director Winter has turned to spring, and your Riverkeepers are spending more time on and along the rivers.  Throughout the winter, Riverkeepers continued to document contamination occurring from industrial animal operations, both hog and poultry, scattered across the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River basins.  Additional sampling […]

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  • Marines pitch in to clean up parks

    MCAS Single Soldiers Clean Up New Bern Parks By Travis Graves, Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Sixty soldiers from the Marine Air Control Group 28, Cherry Point, spent two days in January giving back to their adopted communities, cleaning up six parks in Craven County. Their efforts were part of the MCAS Single Soldier Program, led by […]

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