• 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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  • 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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