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 is 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

  • Heather Jacobs Deck

    Executive Director

  • Matthew Starr

    Upper Neuse Riverkeeper

  • Katy Langley Hunt

    Lower Neuse Riverkeeper

  • Jillian Howell

    Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper

  • Clay Barber

    Environmental Projects Coordinator

  • Corinne Everett Belch

    Director of Development

  • Vail Stewart Rumley

    Communications Director

  • Lesley Castle

    Staff Accountant & Business Manager

Sound Rivers Board of Directors

JoSeth Bocook, President - Tarboro
Jim Kellenberger, Vice President - Oriental
Bill Hunneke, Treasurer - Greenville
Mary Davidson, Secretary - New Bern

Adrian Atkinson - Greenville
Lorrie Basnight- Greenville
Veronica Butcher - Raleigh
David Emmerling - Greenville
Betsy Hester - Rocky Mount
Ann Marie Holder - Greenville
Emilie Kane - Greenville
Catherine Kastleman - Raleigh
Ernie Larkin - Greenville, Washington
Stephen Smith - Raleigh