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.
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.
Environmental Projects Coordinator
Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper/Environmental Project Manager
Staff Accountant & Business Manager
Lower Neuse Riverkeeper
Director of Development
Upper Neuse Riverkeeper
Sound Rivers Board of Directors
Lorrie Basnight - President
Jim Kellenberger - Vice President
Chris Smith - Treasurer
Mary Davidson - Secretary
Lawrence Behr - Washington
JoSeth Bocook- Tarboro
Veronica Butcher - Raleigh
David Emmerling - Greenville
Ann Marie Holder - Greenville
Bill Hunneke - Greenville
Emilie Kane - Greenville
Ernie Larkin - Greenville, Washington
Stephen Smith - Raleigh