34 pounds of trash removed from Adkin Branch

Environmental, Litter-Free Rivers, Neuse River Watershed, Sound Rivers, Water Quality

Posted on June 27th, 2024

Intern Katrina Borgen with a full Adkin Branch trash trap.

Sound Rivers Volunteer Coordinator Emily Fritz and intern Katrina Borgen rescued Adkin Branch from 34 pounds of trash this week.

“Kat and I were the only ones at the Kinston trash trap cleanup this week, but it worked out well — the lack of rain meant there wasn’t a lot of trash in the trap since our last cleanup,” Emily said. “I’m hoping to have a big turnout of volunteers at our July cleanups; it’s a great time and more folks make it a party.”

Volunteer Coordinator Emily Fritz holds a bag of trash removed from the trash trap.

In addition to the classic trash-trap finds, Emily and Kate pulled some kids’ toys from the creek that runs through the heart of Kinston.

The Kinston trash trap is one of five Sound Rivers has installed as part of its Litter-Free Rivers program. Other traps are located on Jack’s Creek in Washington, Duffyfield Canal in New Bern, Little Rock Creek on the grounds of the Walnut Creek Wetland Center in Raleigh and on Greens Mill Run in Greenville. Two more Raleigh trash traps are in currently in the works, with a third potentially slated for Tarboro.

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