• Staff Report: Sound Rivers Shines Light on Sewage Spill Epidemic

    Over 844 million gallons of untreated sewage was spilled or dumped into North Carolina’s public waterways between 2002-2017, according to a recent review by Sound Rivers. The analysis found very few penalties were levied against polluters, which are largely municipal entities with unmaintained infrastructure. Using data from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), […]

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  • Nuisance Trials Shine Light on Pollution and Technology

    Katy Langley: “Nuisance Trials Against Smithfield Foods Shine Light on Pollution & Technology” This spring a series of nuisance trials against multi-billion-dollar corporation Smithfield Foods began. These cases were filed by long time neighbors of industrial hog growing facilities. Neighbors have long suffered the negative side effects of living near these facilities and are finally […]

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  • Volunteer Spotlight: Water Quality Monitoring Volunteers

    Volunteer Spotlight: Water Quality Monitoring Volunteers This summer Sound Rivers launched, Swim Guide, a new water quality monitoring program where we sample for fecal bacteria levels at 22 locations in the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico river basins, and get the results to you so you can swim safely! Samples were collected weekly at our chosen sites, […]

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  • New Bern Post Florence Cleanup Nets 1 Ton of Trash

    On a chilly Saturday morning, twenty-three volunteers braved the cold and wind to begin the cleanup of our local waterways post Hurricane Florence. Young and old came out to join your Lower Neuse Riverkeeper on October 27th and pulled about 2,000 pounds of trash from the Neuse and Trent Rivers. Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Katy Langley […]

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  • Emerging Contaminants in Your Water

    Your Riverkeepers have been monitoring the emerging contaminants situation on your rivers for some time now; you may recognize “GenX” from the news – it appeared in drinking water in the Cape Fear River Basin – but there are many other chemicals polluting our river that fall into the same category. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances […]

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  • Swim Guide by the Numbers

    Swim Guide: By the Numbers Starting Memorial Day Weekend, Sound Rivers sampled popular recreation sites each week to bring recreational water quality recommendations to the public based on fecal bacteria indicators. Our network of volunteers coordinated by our two interns, Katie McQuillan on the Lower Neuse River and Duncan Anderson on Tar-Pamlico River, collected enough […]

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  • Fishing for Facts 10-2018

    Fishing for Facts – October, 2018 Protecting the Clean Water Act Clean Water is a way of life in the South, and here in the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico river basins protecting our waters against pollution is a top priority. Every day, our families count on clean water for drinking, cooking, and bathing. Our local businesses […]

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  • Hurricane Florence by the Numbers

    Snapshot of Environmental & Community Impacts of Hurricane Florence • $17 billion in estimated damages • 750,000 evacuated • 35.93 inches of rain in Elizabethtown- new NC record • 86 inches of rain in 2018 for Wilmington, breaking an 1877 record for annual rainfall • 25.8 ft – Third highest crest recorded on Neuse River […]

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  • Why I Give, with Cappelli Salon

    Why I Give, with Capelli Salon Lisa Smith-Gargaro is the woman behind Capelli Salon, and also a wonderful supporter of the work we do at Sound Rivers. Lisa has been a hair stylist for 36 years, and opened Capelli Salon 13 years ago in historic downtown Washington, NC. She was first introduced to Sound Rivers […]

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  • Hurricane Florence- After the Flood

    Hurricane Florence- After the Flood On September 13th, 2018 storm surge from Hurricane Florence began to affect the Eastern North Carolina region – pushing the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers above their banks and into towns, homes, and businesses. The storm continued to rage for days, at one point moving as slow as 2 miles per […]

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  • Resources for Eastern NC Residents Post-Florence

    If you are concerned about environmental contamination, please see the resources below. Information is provided for free area well testing, for those with private drinking water wells that may have been flooded. In addition, there are resources related to disposal of hazardous waste and large oil or gas containers that may have washed up. View […]

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  • High levels of arsenic found in Neuse River following H.F. Lee Coal Ash Spill

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 28, 2018 Contact: Matthew Starr, Upper Neuse Riverkeeper, upperneuserk@soundrivers.org , ( 919) 961-2240 Maia Raposo, Waterkeeper Alliance, mraposo@waterkeeper.org , (203) 824-2229 Donna Lisenby, Waterkeeper Alliance, dlisenby@waterkeeper.org , (828) 297-3777 Analysis Finds Toxic Levels of Arsenic in Neuse River Water Following H.F. Lee Coal Ash Spill Goldsboro, NC – Water sampling of […]

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  • Neuse Riverkeepers Highlight Pollution Threats from Hurricane Florence

    Lower Neuse Riverkeeper, Katy Langley spoke to Dan Charles from NPR on All Things Considered about the threat of hog waste pits flooding. In the days leading up to the storm’s arrival, industrial hog facilities  were documented spraying vast amounts of hog waste to lower levels in open waste pits. This was done in hopes to avoid waste […]

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  • Hurricane Florence to Cause Significant Storm Surge, Flooding

    Even though the projected storm track has shifted south, expected storm surge for our region could be significant. As of Thursday morning, NOAA forecasts a storm surge of 9-13 feet along the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers. Rainfall amounts are now projected to be 6-8 inches north of the Pamlico River, 8-10 in southern Beaufort County […]

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  • Action Alert: Urge NC To Update Clean Water Protections

    Our streams, lakes, rivers, and sounds are a major part of what makes North Carolina a special place to live, and right now is an important time to make sure that our waters are properly protected. Please send a letter by July 31st supporting strong standards to protect your right to swim, fish, and get […]

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