• Updates on Impacts from Hurricane Dorian

    12PM September 6, 2019 Update Hurricane Dorian is finally moving away from the North Carolina coast. Major impacts occurred this morning on Ocracoke from Pamlico Sound side storm surge.  Overall, storm surge for inland areas, such as Washington and New Bern, were less than what was predicted. NC DEQ is advising to avoid contact with […]

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  • Blounts Creek Community Members Attend NC Court of Appeals Hearing

    Over twenty community members from Blounts Creek traveled to Raleigh on Wednesday, May 22nd to hear oral arguments on the long standing case of Sound Rivers vs. NC Department of Environmental Quality and Martin Marietta Materials. In late December 2017, a state court vacated a permit that would have allowed a proposed Martin Marietta Materials […]

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  • Help Stop the Dumping of Arsenic Into the Neuse

    The fight to protect the Neuse River from coal ash pollution is not over and we need your help. The ask is simple: NCDEQ needs to hold a public hearing in Goldsboro, so that the public can give testimony on the proposed HF Lee wastewater discharge permit. This permit will lead to further pollution of […]

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  • Take Action: North Carolina Rolling Back Nutrient Rules To Benefit Polluters

    The Pamlico and Neuse estuaries have a problem. For decades, an excess of nutrient pollution has been dumped into our rivers from sewage treatment plants and polluted stormwater runoff, causing harmful algal blooms, fish kills and poor drinking water quality. Rules in place since the 90’s have sought to reduce the nutrients that are causing […]

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  • EPA Seeks To Undermine Clean Water – Demand They Reconsider

    The EPA has released a massive proposed rollback to rules which define where the Clean Water Act applies; a law that has been protecting our right to swim, drink, and fish in clean water water since 1972. This is the biggest threat to clean water we’ve seen in decades and your voice is important! We’ve […]

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  • Now Hiring Summer Water Quality Interns

    Sound Rivers is seeking multiple full-time interns, who will work with a Riverkeeper coordinating volunteers, and collecting and analyzing water quality samples for the summer of 2019. This experience is an excellent opportunity for a public health, chemistry, biology, or environmental science student who wants to demonstrate skills in leadership and project management with measurable […]

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

    This might sound familiar, because we asked you to make your voice heard on the NC Swine Permitting Process in December – but there is now another opportunity to take action for your waterways! The process has moved to the next phase, and this past Tuesday, the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) held a […]

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  • Action Alert: Contact Your Representative About ACP

    As many Sound Rivers supporters may be aware, the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) is currently on hold due to seven different federal permits required for construction and operation of the ACP that have been vacated, stayed, or suspended by a federal court or by the issuing agencies themselves. As a result, construction of the entire […]

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  • Action Alert: Ask NC To Fight For Clean Water

    Any day now the EPA will release massive proposed rollbacks to ‘Waters of the United States’ which define where the Clean Water Act applies, a law that has been protecting our right to swim, drink, and fish in public waters since 1972. We need Governor Cooper to stand up for North Carolinians and oppose the […]

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  • Stormwater Project to Begin in Greenville

    Stormwater Improvement Project Underway at Jaycee Park Greenville, NC, January 4, 2019- Work will begin Monday, January 7, 2018 to begin improvements on a failed stormwater detention pond at Jaycee Park in Greenville.  The City of Greenville Public Works Department, Recreation and Parks Department, and Sound Rivers have partnered with East Carolina University and NC […]

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  • Working for Clean Water – Impact 2018

    This year has sped by, and as we look toward the end of 2018, we want to thank you for all you do to preserve our region’s waterways! Your support of Sound Rivers and our three Riverkeepers means together we can build a clean water future for North Carolina. In 2018, Sound Rivers staff completed more […]

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  • Hurricane Florence Exposes Problems with Wastewater Infrastructure

    By Forrest English On September 14th Hurricane Florence hit eastern North Carolina, hitting some areas with record storm surges from the ocean, pummeling the coast with tree toppling high winds, and dumping an awful lot of rain in every part of our watersheds. The storm surge and the huge amounts of rain combined to create […]

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  • Spotlight- The Lower Neuse River

    By Katy Hunt, Lower Neuse Riverkeeper The Neusiok word, “Neuse,” means peace. Floating down the river or fishing from the bank is very peaceful, though the water quality of the Neuse is quite tumultuous. The Neuse Basin has so much to offer by way of recreation, economics, and tourism, and is a drinking water resource […]

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  • 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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