• Swim Guide Results in Upper Neuse Prompt Concerns

    Sound Rivers’ popular summer Swim Guide program has Raleigh-area residents and visitors concerned about their water quality, after several sites on the Upper Neuse had high levels of bacteria for two weeks in a row. Swim Guide intern Laurel Holloman spoke with several news outlets about the results, which you can check out below. Swim […]

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  • Thanks For A Great Cleanup In Rocky Mount!

    Nearly 50 volunteers (and one cat) came out on Saturday, July 13th, to paddle and clean the Tar River at Rocky Mount! Despite the oppressive heat, volunteers pulled nearly TWO TONS of trash from the river and its banks, filling an entire flatbed truck. After the cleanup, volunteers met back up at Rocky Mount Mills […]

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  • Action Alert: Support Protection of Endangered Species in Your Watershed!

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed listing two new aquatic species, the Neuse River waterdog and the Carolina madtom, which only live in North Carolina, for protection under the Endangered Species Act. We need you to comment in support of their protection today! Your voice is needed in support of these robust protections […]

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  • Welcome Jillian Howell, New Environmental Projects Manager!

    Help us welcome Jillian Howell! Jill joined the Sound Rivers team this week as our new Environmental Project Manager. She grew up in Saugus, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston, and received a B.A. in environmental studies and global studies from Colby College. Jill worked for five years as a project scientist for environmental consulting firm ATC Group Services, […]

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  • Sound Rivers Swim Guide Protects You This Summer!

    Swim Guide is BACK on the Neuse & Tar-Pamlico – this year with Raleigh and Kinston sites as well! Make sure you check in each Friday this summer for weekly water quality reports to keep you in the know about your waterways. See below of a map of the sites we’re monitoring (minus Kinston sites) […]

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  • Action Alert: Tell NC Legislators to Protect You, Not Polluters

    Despite proof of the harms of pollution from industrial animal production on Eastern North Carolina, some legislators are currently attempting to hide the impacts of industrial swine facilities and change laws that will further exacerbate their pollution. Senate Bill 315, North Carolina Farm Act of 2019, seeks to add exemptions for many agricultural documents from public records laws, […]

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  • Action Alert: State Budget Should Reduce Pollution Not Concentrate It

    Representative Jimmy Dixon recently proposed an amendment to the budget that diverts money from a cost share program that has been successfully working for years to reduce pollution on farms throughout the state. Rep. Dixon’s amendment was passed and is now included in the budget. This section funnels some of that funding ($450K) from the […]

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  • Volunteers Gather for New Bern River Cleanup

    By Katy Hunt, Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Sound Rivers held our annual Spring Cleanup on May 4th at Lawson Park in New Bern. What started out as a gray and slightly dreary morning turned into a fun day on the water collecting trash!  It was nice to see old friends who have participated in every cleanup, […]

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  • Craven County Campus Stormwater Project Approved for Phase 2

    For the past two years, Sound Rivers has been partnering with Craven County Schools and the Epiphany School on an innovative Campus Stormwater Project. This grant funded project seeks to mitigate stormwater runoff from campuses, while providing an outdoor classroom learning experience for students. Engineers from NC State University have surveyed each of the participating […]

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  • Support the Bill to Assess the Poultry Industry’s Impact in NC!

    The largest and fastest-growing source of nutrient pollution in our waterways is the poultry industry, according to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality. But the industry operates with so little regulation that state doesn’t even know where poultry operations are located, much less have good information on the impacts. Some facts: North Carolina’s 515 […]

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  • Volunteering for Change

    by Christina Marshen On September 19, 2005, I was driving home from work and got hit by a drunk driver.  I start my story there not to induce sympathy or guilt, but because it is a pivotal piece in why I do what I do now.  After this accident, my whole world changed, as did […]

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  • Upper Neuse Riverkeeper Visits Hog Farm

    Last week, your Upper Neuse Riverkeeper Matthew Starr was invited by Tom Butler to visit his industrial animal operation, Butler Farms. Tom and Matthew spoke about Tom’s efforts to implement best practices for the environment at his facility. Butler Farms is still a “CAFO” (concentrated animal feeding operation), and it’s still a pollution threat to […]

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  • Tiny Tornado takes the Peppermill Trophy at 2019 Taste!

    The 16th Annual Taste of Coastal Carolina was a great success on March 12th! The community came together to enjoy local food, beer, wine, and coffee – all while supporting Sound Rivers and clean water. At the end of the evening, attendees voted and the Best of Taste of Coastal Carolina were chosen! 1st – […]

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  • Join our team! Sound Rivers Seeks Environmental Project Manager

    We’re hiring for the position of Environmental Projects Manager. Sound Rivers has a long tradition of clean water advocacy, protecting and preserving the health and viability of the Tar-Pamlico and Neuse Rivers. This position is based in our Washington, North Carolina office. Job Objective The Environmental Project Manager oversees the coordination and administration of all aspects of Sound Rivers’ […]

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  • Proposed changes to Clean Water Act will gut protections

    This week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)  released a proposal to dramatically cut back protections to wetlands and waterways that we all depend on for drinking water, fishing, and recreation. Your Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper says of this news, “This rollback of where the Clean Water Act applies is sold as undoing an Obama rule, but is really rolling […]

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