• 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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  • Sound Rivers’ Swim Guide interns say goodbye!

    This summer Sound Rivers welcomed Katie McQuillan, an Environmental Science major at UNC Chapel Hill, to the Lower Neuse and Duncan Anderson, an Environmental Technology and Management Major at NC State, to the Tar-Pamlico as Water Quality Interns. For three months they coordinated our Swim Guide program, mapped sewage system overflows in the state, kept […]

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  • Fish kills reported this week

    Fish kills were reported in both the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River Basins this week.  On Wednesday on the Neuse the fish kill could be seen between Flanners Beach and Slocum Creek. NC Division of Marine Fisheries estimates there were a couple thousand croakers, gizzard shad, pinfish, and menhaden. Another fish kill was reported Tuesday, August […]

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  • Clean Air and Water Advocates Launch Pipeline Monitoring Effort

    Group Will Watch Atlantic Coast Pipeline Construction for Environmental Protection Violations Contact: Doug Jackson, Sierra Club, 202.495.3045, doug.jackson@sierraclub.org Forrest English, Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper, 252.946.7211, pamtarrk@soundrivers.org Christine Ellis, Executive Director, Winyah Rivers, 843.267.3161, christine@winyahrivers.org Kemp Burdette, Cape Fear Riverkeeper, 910.264.8036, kemp@cfrw.us RALEIGH, NC (August 1, 2018)– Today, a group of clean air and water advocates announced they would monitor construction of the […]

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  • Read Lower Neuse Riverkeeper’s op-ed on industrial agriculture

    Your Lower Neuse Riverkeeper, Katy Langley, wrote an op-ed for the New Bern Sun Journal in reponse to Rep. John Bell’s misinformed op-ed supporting industrial agriculture. Katy says, “This is not a fight of people versus farmers; it is a fight to force these companies to install better waste management systems that respects the rights […]

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  • Water Spotlight: The Lower Tar-Pamlico River

    By Forrest English The Albemarle-Pamlico estuary is the second largest estuarine complex in the lower 48 states. It also holds another interesting distinction as the largest lagoonal estuary in the world, due to the ecosystem created by the Outer Banks. The Tar-Pamlico River is one of 6 major rivers that flow into this estuary; an […]

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  • Summer 2018 Edition of “Currents” Out Now!

    The Summer 2018 edition of Sound Rivers’ quarterly newsletter, Currents, is headed out to members now! Want to read it early? You can download a digital copy here.

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  • Thank You New Bern West Marine!

    A huge thank you to the West Marine in New Bern, who donated 10% of sales from their March 17th Grand Opening celebration to Sound Rivers! Make sure you stop in and check out their new location at 3559 Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd, and tell them thank you for supporting clean water!  

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  • WNCT 9 on Your Side Talks to Lower Neuse Riverkeeper About CAFOS

    Your Lower Neuse Riverkeeper, Katy Langley, was interviewed by WNCT about the hog waste produced by Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) in Eastern North Carolina. CAFOs produce large amounts of animal waste that is then sprayed on fields, making its way into our rivers and causing a myriad of environmental issues. These CAFOs also release […]

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  • Sound Rivers & Center for Biological Diversity Sue Over 540 Expansion

    RALEIGH, N.C – On behalf of Sound Rivers and the Center for Biological Diversity, the Southern Environmental Law Center today filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina challenging the United States Fish and Wildlife Service’s illegal approval of the $2.2 billion 540 toll highway. The proposed highway would […]

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  • ACP Update: Permit Invalidated by 4th Circuit

    On Tuesday, May 15th, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of our friends at the Defenders of Wildlife, Virginia Wilderness Committee, and the Sierra Club, invalidating a key federal authorization needed for continued construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline would cross both the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico watersheds, as […]

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  • Meet the Interns!

    Katie and Duncan will be interning with Sound Rivers this summer, in our New Bern and Washington offices, respectively. Welcome, we’re glad you’re part of the team! Katie McQuillian is joining Sound Rivers as a summer Swim Guide Intern for the lower Neuse River. As a Swim Guide intern, Katie works with citizen scientists to […]

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  • Smithfield ordered to pay $50 million for hog farm nuisance

    Your Upper Neuse Riverkeeper, Matthew Starr, posted to Facebook on Sunday, “A huge victory against pollution from industrial animal agriculture in North Carolina. The millions in damages Smithfield Foods must pay would be more than enough to invest in safer, more sustainable waste management technology—it is cheaper for industry to not pollute!” Last week a […]

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  • Greenville Kids River Fest This Saturday!

    Spring is here! And that means it’s time for Sound Rivers’ annual Kids River Fest in Greenville at River Park North. Come enjoy a day outside at this free, family-friendly event full of fun activities to help kids learn about and enjoy their waterways. The event activities include kayaking, fishing, bounce house, planetarium shows, reptile shows, […]

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