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Author: Corinne Everett-Belch - Sound Rivers

Author: Corinne Everett-Belch

A Sound River Slideshow

April 7, 2022

A Sound River Slideshow

The following slideshow was presented at the premiere of “A Sound River,” Sound Rivers’ 40th-anniversary documentary. Take a walk through some, but certainly not all, of our success fighting for the right to clean water over the past four decades!

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Pamlico Paddle

April 7, 2022

Pamlico Paddle

They’re back…

Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell and Environmental Projects Coordinator Clay Barber  headed out Oct. 17 on another epic paddling adventure, this time, a five-day, 70-mile kayaking trip down the Pamlico River.

 Sound Rivers staff and volunteers gathered at Havens Garden in Washington on Sunday for a land-based cleanup on the shores of the Pamlico and nearby creeks, followed by a send off of our intrepid paddlers from the  Havens Garden boat ramp on Runyon Creek.

Jill and Clay are taking up where they left off on last October’s Tour de Tar, a 10-day trip from Oxford to Washington, paddling from Havens Garden in Washington to the public boat ramp in Swan Quarter. You can follow Clay, Jill and Jill’s first mate, Miller, (also known as the Adventure Pup) and their adventures here, or at @soundriversnc Facebook and Instagram. 

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Sound Rivers celebrates 40 years of working for clean water

April 7, 2022

Sound Rivers celebrates 40 years of working for clean water

THANK YOU FOR THE PAST 40 YEARS.
This is a special year for Sound Rivers — we’re celebrating our 40th anniversary! Keep an eye out for special programming shining a light on the incredible work that you, our clean-water community, have been a part of for four decades.

In honor of our 40th, we had special events planned throughout the year, starting with the launch of our 40 Stories for 40 Years series highlighting the many volunteers who have dedicated their time and effort to Sound Rivers’ mission of protecting our waterways and the people who rely on them for everything from drinking water to recreation.

It’s been 40 years of fighting for clean water — your water — and we still have an uphill battle. We need to protect North Carolina’s waterways, especially the millions of acres of wetlands affected by recent rollbacks. Wetlands are critical to our ability to withstand flooding, especially as flooding threats due to climate change increase.

In April, we launched our Clean Water April Challenge, in which generous supporters matched your gifts up to $25,000. Sound Rivers’ supporters stepped up and overwhelmed us with their generosity in return, blowing past our goal of $50,000 to a total of $59,114 — our largest April match campaign, ever.

In July, we had great success with our sustaining monthly gift program, and many of you generously stepped up to give each month! Thank YOU!

On Oct. 17, we launched the Pamlico Paddle! Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell and Environmental Projects Coordinator Clay Barber were at it again, heading out Oct. 17 on another epic paddling adventure, this time, a five-day kayaking trip down the Pamlico River. They took where they left off on last October’s Tour de Tar, a 10-day trip from Oxford to Washington. We followed along while they prepped, then took to the river, along with a special guest: First Mate Miller, also known as the Adventure Pup.

On Nov. 30, we premiered “A Sound River,” our 40th-anniversary film that explores Sound Rivers’ history of activism, from its humble beginnings around kitchen tables to court battles against industrial polluters, as told by the voices of Sound Rivers — its founders and partners, those continuing the fight for clean water and environmental justice, and the Riverkeepers guarding the waterways that cover nearly a quarter of North Carolina. Learn more about the short film here!

Celebrate with us in our 40th year — keep checking in to this page, as we’ll be updating with special events, news and adding more stories each week to our 40 Stories page.

We couldn’t have reach this major milestone without you and all you do for your waterways. We have hope for Sound Rivers’ future, a clean-water future — a future that belongs to all of us.

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40 Stories for 40 Years

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Waiver

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#Tour De Tar

April 7, 2022

#Tour De Tar

Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell and Environmental Projects Coordinator Clay Barber launched their kayaks into the Tar River on Thursday, October 8th, for a journey called “Tour de Tar.”

Jill and Clay paddled the length of the Tar, pulling out at High Water Social in Washington on October 17th.

Jill and Clay paddled the Tar not just to have a great adventure, but also to bring attention to the beauty of the river – and why it should be protected from threats. That’s what we do here at Sound Rivers – and if you’re interested in supporting our work, you can sponsor Jill and Clay’s paddle – all proceeds will benefit our Water Quality Monitoring Fund! Like many non-profits in 2020, we’re facing a funding shortfall due to canceled events, like our 35th Annual Oyster Roast. Your sponsorship of any amount will help us keep your Riverkeepers working for clean water, and working for you!

More info, including their musings, videos, tips, and answered questions, below! And on social media, facebook.com/pamlicotar and facebook.com/soundriversnc

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In-Kind Support

April 7, 2022

In-Kind Support

Support Clean Water With Your Equipment or Silent Auction Gift

Sound Rivers accepts a variety of in-kind donations!

Our current organization-wide needs include:

  • Boats of all types
  • PFDs, paddles, other paddling supplies

Sound Rivers is also collecting items for our Oyster Roast Silent Auction in November 2020!

Some examples of popular donated items include:

  • Visual art (paintings, framed nature photographs, etc.)
  • Services (spa packages, etc.)
  • Vacation Packages (from a one-night stay to a week-long rental!)
  • River Related Activities and Entertainment (river cruises, fishing trips, etc.)
  • And more!

Have something to contribute? Contact us with this form – please describe your item in the comments – and we’ll get back to you asap! Any donated items are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

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Oyster Roast Attendee FAQs

April 7, 2022

Oyster Roast Attendee FAQs

We’ve gathered some FAQs from the three decades of Oyster Roasts! If you have a question, check below, we may have an answer! Don’t see your question answered here? Email info@soundrivers.org or call 252-946-7211!

Entry (General Admission Tickets) FAQ’s and Info

  • Doors open at 6pm, not before
  • Check-in is located in the Civic Center, south entrance (signs will be posted)
  • Reservation list with names, no tickets are required. If your name isn’t on the list, check in under the name of the person who purchased your tickets.
  • A wrist band and beer cup will be provided
  • We will be checking IDs so please have yours out and ready

General FAQs

  • There are plenty of oysters- no one will leave hungry- we promise! If you’re having trouble finding space for your group, just enjoy a beer, eat some chili or chowder (located in the dance hall) and return to the tables in a little while. 
  • Oyster knives are made available to everyone; located outside on the oyster tables. You can bring your own if you’d like. 
  • Melted butter and sauce are located near the oyster tables; served by our amazing volunteers. Please know that, due to the cold night, the butter will be provided in smaller amounts to avoid waste. You can certainly return for seconds if needed. 
  • Three breweries are located outside near the oyster tables. All the beer has been donated- we are grateful for our partnership with these great local breweries! 
  • Sodas and water are available inside; large coolers in the dance hall
  • Chili and Chowder are provided inside, in the dance hall.
  • Oyster Tables, except for sponsors, are first-come, first-serve. 
  • This event is a “come as you are” event. Casual, dressed up– whatever you feel like, we just want you to stay warm, have fun, and enjoy the evening. 
  • If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask a staff member or volunteer. We want you to have a great time. 

Silent Auction

  • Silent Auction bidding

We’ve gathered some FAQs from the three decades of Oyster Roasts! If you have a question, check below, we may have an answer! Don’t see your question answered here? Email info@soundrivers.org or call 252-946-7211!

Entry (General Admission Tickets) FAQ’s and Info

  • Doors open at 6pm, not before
  • Check-in is located in the Civic Center, south entrance (signs will be posted)
  • Reservation list with names, no tickets are required. If your name isn’t on the list, check in under the name of the person who purchased your tickets.
  • A wrist band and beer cup will be provided
  • We will be checking IDs so please have yours out and ready

General FAQs

  • There are plenty of oysters- no one will leave hungry- we promise! If you’re having trouble finding space for your group, just enjoy a beer, eat some chili or chowder (located in the dance hall) and return to the tables in a little while. 
  • Oyster knives are made available to everyone; located outside on the oyster tables. You can bring your own if you’d like. 
  • Melted butter and sauce are located near the oyster tables; served by our amazing volunteers. Please know that, due to the cold night, the butter will be provided in smaller amounts to avoid waste. You can certainly return for seconds if needed. 
  • Three breweries are located outside near the oyster tables. All the beer has been donated- we are grateful for our partnership with these great local breweries! 
  • Sodas and water are available inside; large coolers in the dance hall
  • Chili and Chowder are provided inside, in the dance hall.
  • Oyster Tables, except for sponsors, are first-come, first-serve. 
  • This event is a “come as you are” event. Casual, dressed up– whatever you feel like, we just want you to stay warm, have fun, and enjoy the evening. 
  • If you have questions, don’t hesitate to ask a staff member or volunteer. We want you to have a great time. 

Silent Auction

  • Silent Auction bidding happens throughout the night – if you have questions about an item, a volunteer or staff member is available to help
  • Bidding closes at 9pm – please give us several moments to organize before coming to claim your item
  • It helps Sound Rivers’ staff immensely if you’re able to take your item home that night!
  • All Silent Auction proceeds benefit your Riverkeepers, so please bid generously, and have fun!

Sponsor FAQs and Info

  • Doors open at 6pm
  • We have a separate check-in table for our sponsors and guests located inside the Civic Center (south entrance)
  • No tickets required
  • For sponsorships with reserved oyster and inside tables, look for the “Reserved” signs printed with your logos.
  • Wine will be provided this year for our sponsors at reserved tables

VIP FAQs and Info

  • Doors open for our VIPs at 5pm
  • Check-in is outdoors at the oyster tables where you will receive your VIP gift bag
  • Access to VIP lounge during the evening, located in a classroom along the civic center hallway. Wine and sweets will be available throughout the evening for our VIPs. (Keep your VIP lanyard on so you can easily enter the lounge.)
  • happens throughout the night – if you have questions about an item, a volunteer or staff member is available to help
  • Bidding closes at 9pm – please give us several moments to organize before coming to claim your item
  • It helps Sound Rivers’ staff immensely if you’re able to take your item home that night!
  • All Silent Auction proceeds benefit your Riverkeepers, so please bid generously, and have fun!

Sponsor FAQs and Info

  • Doors open at 6pm
  • We have a separate check-in table for our sponsors and guests located inside the Civic Center (south entrance)
  • No tickets required
  • For sponsorships with reserved oyster and inside tables, look for the “Reserved” signs printed with your logos.
  • Wine will be provided this year for our sponsors at reserved tables

VIP FAQs and Info

  • Doors open for our VIPs at 5pm
  • Check-in is outdoors at the oyster tables where you will receive your VIP gift bag
  • Access to VIP lounge during the evening, located in a classroom along the civic center hallway. Wine and sweets will be available throughout the evening for our VIPs. (Keep your VIP lanyard on so you can easily enter the lounge.)
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Donate

April 7, 2022

Donate

All gifts – of any amount – will help us fight for your rivers! Thank you!

Your donations to Sound Rivers support our work to protect and preserve the beauty and health of the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico rivers and provide critical funding for programs like Swim Guide (keeping you in the know about your water quality), advocacy (working with North Carolina leaders to create stronger protections for your clean water), environmental programs (implementing innovating solutions to pollution and increasing public access to your rivers), and more.

Thank you — your support keeps your water clean!

Join / Renew Membership Make a Special Donation

Would you like to make a memorial gift, or a gift in honor of a loved one? Click “Make a Special Contribution” above, and when checking out you can enter their name, and who should be notified of the gift. Questions? Please contact info@soundrivers.org for assistance.

Thank you for your help protecting your rivers! If you would prefer to send a check, please mail your gift to: Sound Rivers, PO Box 1854, Washington, NC 27889

*Please note the donation forms above will not work with Internet Explorer, but these forms will work on Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla, or Safari.

Gift the Gift of Clean Water

Looking for the perfect gift? Gift a Sound Rivers membership to your loved one! Your gift recipient will:

  • Receive a card letting them know you made a gift of clean water in their name, and a Sound Rivers sticker
  • Begin receiving our quarterly newsletter, Currents
  • Be recognized by name in our Annual Report.

Use the link below to make a special gift membership!

Please note: Fill out the first part of the contact information on the form with YOUR contact information to ensure proper credit card processing, and the enter your gift recipient’s information below in the fields indicated. If you would like to remain anonymous (and not let the gift recipient know you are the giver) please indicate that in the “comments” field.

Give the Gift of Clean Water Here!

Other ways to support clean water:

Do you have a Donor Advised Fund from Fidelity Charitable, Schwab Charitable, or BNY Mellon Charitable Gift Fund? You can use the form below to make a grant directly to Sound Rivers!

And anyone with a Donor Advised Fund can participate in the #HalfMyDAF Challenge, where charities you grant to are eligible for matching funds if you pledge to spend half your DAF by June 28! More info on that program here.

Are you interested in making a gift of stock? Giving appreciated stock may provide increased tax-deduction benefits to you. If you are considering a stock gift, we are happy to help you and your financial advisor facilitate the transfer by providing any information you may need. Please contact us at 252-637-7972 x101 or email info@soundrivers.org.

If you are considering including Sound Rivers in your estate planning, we would love to speak with you further about your Clean Water Legacy, and recognize you in our Legacy Circle! Please call us at 252.946.7211 x106, or email info@soundrivers.org.

Are you a North Carolina state employee? You can give to Sound Rivers through your workplace with the SECC campaign! Our SECC number is 1116. 

Sound Rivers is frequently in need of a variety of items, from silent auction donations to equipment. For more information, email us at info@soundrivers.org

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