• Action Alert: Save the Sea Grant

    Recent federal budget discussions include a suggested 18% cut to NOAA and the elimination of the National Sea Grant College Program, which includes a program based at NC State University. This would be devastating to a broad diversity of stakeholders nationwide and in North Carolina who count on Sea Grant to build resilience in their community; grow, harvest […]

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  • How to Make Your Voice Heard

    Your voice can make all the difference in protecting and preserving our rivers.  With the NC legislature back in session, there are likely to be many occasions for action alerts over the next few months. Elected officials are more likely to listen when they hear from lots of voters in their districts. Please be on […]

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  • Blounts Creek Hearing Proceeds

    The legal battle to protect Blounts Creek has new life after a Superior Court decision today.  Carteret County Superior Court Judge Douglas Parsons denied a motion to dismiss by Martin Marietta Materials.  Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper, Heather Deck, stated, “Martin Marietta’s goal with this hearing was to dismiss this important case on a technicality rather than have a […]

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  • Safe Water and the Impact of Climate Change

    Is it safe to swim? Is it safe to eat the fish I caught? My dog drank some of the water, will he be okay? These are just a few of the routine questions our Riverkeepers are asked each year, particularly during the summer months. Our 2017 newsletters will begin to explore these questions in […]

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  • Hurricane Matthew Aftermath

    In the days leading up to, and immediately following Hurricane Matthew, your Riverkeepers mobilized on the ground, on the water, and in the air to assess the damage and provide reports to regulators, the public, and local and national news outlets. Highlighting these efforts, Matthew Starr, your Upper Neuse Riverkeeper, identified Duke Energy’s illegal discharge […]

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  • Hello 2017, Goodbye 2016

    By Harrison Marks, Executive Director Thanks to your generosity in this past year, Sound Rivers was able to continue the important work of protecting our waterways. 2016 was characterized by numerous legislative efforts to eliminate or erode water quality protections for the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico watersheds. Through hard work, good coordination with other environmental groups, and […]

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  • 2017 Long Session Began in January

    The NC General Assembly’s 2017 long session has begun. During the long session Sound Rivers’ staff expect the return of a regulatory reform bill that will likely seek to roll back clean water protections. As has been the case the last six years, we expect more harmful legislation and attacks on clean water stashed in […]

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  • Atlantic Coast Pipeline to Impact Sensitive Streams and Water Supplies

    The proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) is an interstate natural gas transmission pipeline in Virginia and North Carolina. The ACP is currently proposed to cross 343 bodies of water in North Carolina. Included in that are the Neuse and Tar Rivers, Swift Creek (an outstanding resource water), Fishing Creek, Little River as well as others. […]

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  • Blounts Creek Decision Appealed, Again

    The wait for a decision by the presiding Judge Phil Berger, Jr. ended in late November when he issued a ruling upholding a permit to Martin Marietta Materials. This ruling fails to protect the many interests which benefit from Blounts Creek, and completely ignores the standards of the Clean Water Act intended to protect and […]

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  • Grant Awarded to Begin Neuse Water Trail

    Sound Rivers is proud to announce an award of $60,487 to begin construction of two camping platforms and one ADA Access on the Neuse River in Kinston. The purpose of the Water Trail is to: 1)  increase recreational access to natural resourcesin Eastern North Carolina, 2)  provide safe overnight camping opportunitiesthrough camping platforms, 3)  stimulate […]

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  • December Special Session x3

    The North Carolina General Assembly apparently wasn’t satisfied to hold one December 2016 Special Session. What started as one called session to approve disaster relief funds for victims of Hurricane Matthew and flooding turned into three sessions that included everything from House Bill 2 repeal discussions and limiting incoming Governor Cooper’s authority, to anti-environmental regulatory […]

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  • EPA Expresses “Deep Concern” over Discriminatory Impacts of Industrial Hog Operations in NC

    By Travis Graves, Lower Neuse Riverkeeper In a January 12th letter to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ), the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) External Civil Rights Compliance Office expressed “deep concern” that the State’s failure to adequately regulate more than 2,200 industrial hog operations has a disparate, discriminatory impact on African […]

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  • New DEQ Secretary Begins Work

    Sound Rivers is pleased with Governor Roy Cooper’s selection for the Department of Environmental Quality Secretary, Michael Regan. Mr. Regan, a native of Goldsboro, has extensive experience in environmental policy and management. Regan worked for more than 10 years at the Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, he spent eight years as the head of the […]

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  • Why Small Streams are Important

    There has been a move over the past several years by leadership at the North Carolina General Assembly to roll back protections for small streams. Conservation groups all agree these attacks will be back this session. While small streams (those that your child could jump across) may seem meaningless to overall water quality, they are […]

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  • Building Partners to Reduce Stormwater Pollution

    Polluted stormwater runoff, including sediment from poorly maintained construction sites, is the number one reason for poor water quality in North Carolina. Your Sound Rivers staff have been hard at work to build local partners in an effort to curb our growing stormwater pollution problem. Sediment can cause severe problems for creeks, rivers and estuaries […]

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