• 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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  • Action Alert: Ask NC DEQ To Protect Waterways From Swine Industry Waste

    The NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is seeking comments from the public on the state’s permit for industrial animal production facilities. The permit determines how the 9.5 billion gallons of waste per year from these facilities is managed, and is opened up for improvements only once every 5 years.  Our staff were present at a recent […]

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  • THANK YOU! We met our $5k #GivingTuesday Match!

      Thank you so much! Your support helped us raise more than $8,000, exceeding our $5000 goal for #Giving Tuesday on November 27th! Your online giving broke Sound Rivers records and helped us get our match. We are so humbled by your incredible generosity. Thank you for supporting your Riverkeepers and the important work they […]

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  • Help Us Meet Our Giving Tuesday $5000 Match!

    Today only, for Giving Tuesday, our Board of Directors, along with Rod Cantrell of Edward Jones Investing, have offered to match all donations, up to $5000! You can support your Riverkeepers® and donate to Sound Rivers to help us meet this match – but hurry, we only have until midnight on Tuesday! Please donate HERE before midnight to help us meet […]

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  • Coal Ash contaminating the Neuse? Duke Energy and DEQ say no.

    The NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and Duke Energy said this week that coal ash from their HF Lee plant in Goldsboro did leak, but their sampling results indicate the coal ash is not currently contaminating the Neuse River. However, results from sampling done by your Upper Neuse Riverkeeper, Matthew Starr, directly after Hurricane […]

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  • Your waterways post-Florence

    Since Hurricane Florence left our region, your Riverkeepers have been working daily to document environmental threats caused by the storm. We are still assessing issues posed by flooded hog lagoons, coal ash spills, and sewage spills into your waterways. Testing is ongoing, and as soon as we can compile and analyze our data we will […]

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  • Neuse River and area creeks remain at major flood stage

    For the most recent updates, please visit our facebook page. The Neuse River has dropped below flood stage in Clayton and is falling in Smithfield. The gauge in Goldsboro is malfunctioning, but we believe the river there is still rising. The Neuse River at Kinston continues to rise slightly. It is likely the river will […]

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  • Animal Facility Waste Lagoons and Wastewater Spills; HF Lee Coal Ash Ponds Flooded:  Flood Waters Pose Health Risk

    Our staff and other media outlets have documented a number of hog waste lagoons and poultry barns flooded along the Trent River near Trenton in Jones County.  In the Cape Fear River Basin, which includes Duplin County, many more waste pits have flooded and some breached, spilling hog waste and sludge into the Cape Fear […]

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  • SELC files suit against FERC on behalf of Sound Rivers

    On August 16th the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) filed suit on behalf of Sound Rivers and other groups against the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for authorizing the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) without proper consideration of the impacts or public need of the pipeline. The previous week FERC issued a stop work order to ACP […]

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