• Town of Clayton sets environmental example

    A new city council in the Town of Clayton has voted to bring back a steep-slope ordinance removed by previous, developer-friendly council, voting to provide the town’s residents with protections for their properties and waterways. Sediment pollution of our waterways is the number one issue we see across our region, and protection of steep slopes […]

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  • Port Terminal kayak launch nears completion

    The Port Terminal boating access renovation is near completion, which means a new kayak launch will soon be available to paddlers in Pitt County. “They are done pouring the boat ramp, and about to start putting riprap rock down, then they’ll be installing their floating dock, and once they do so, we can put our […]

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  • Oakwood School 4th graders get Swim Guide education

    Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell introduced some fourth graders to Swim Guide and how to find out if your water is yucky. Jill was invited to give a presentation on Wednesday at the Oakwood School in Greenville by teacher Hunt McKinnon, who heard her speak at a Greenville Rotary meeting and thought his fourth-graders could benefit […]

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  • New site located for Nash Community College rain garden

    One of two rain gardens is near completion and a new site has been identified for the other as Nash Community College takes the plunge to handle its stormwater issues. “They just put a river rock border around the mulch bed of that first rain garden, so it should be ready for plants once it […]

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  • Watershed restoration planned for Washington’s Jack’s Creek

    A nine-element watershed restoration plan for Washington’s Jack’s Creek moved forward this week with a site visit from partners in its restoration. Sound Rivers is managing the North Carolina Land and Water Fund grant and coordinating the project with the Mid-East Commission, East Carolina University, North Carolina State University Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, […]

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  • Pitt County residents push back against cryptocurrency mining facility

    The potential for a cryptocurrency datamining or processing facility in Greenville is causing Pitt County residents to push back. The Greenville ENC Alliance has been working on a modular data processing project — a potential $55 million investment from a Minnesota company, Compute North. Current concerns center around noise from these facilities and the large […]

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  • Sound Rivers welcomes return of former intern

    Will Shingleton is sampling with Sound Rivers again! The former water-quality intern returns as a field technician, helping your Riverkeepers monitor the waterways during his last semester of school at East Carolina University. Last week, Will was out with Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Katy Hunt, learning the ins and outs of how to sample for nutrient […]

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  • ICYMI: Tell Me About It Tuesdays with Dr. Rachel Noble

    Sound Rivers’ virtual science series, Tell Me About It Tuesdays, returns in the new year with “North Carolina’s Complicated Relationship with Stormwater.” Dr. Rachel Noble talks about increased coastal development, recreational use of high priority estuaring and coastal waters, increasing King Tide events, and unpredictable stormwater discharge patterns, which all threaten North Carolina’s water quality.  […]

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  • New year starts with new rain garden projects

    Sound Rivers’ Environmental Projects Coordinator Clay Barber has embarked on a new project in the new year: two rain gardens and a swale restoration at Nash Community College to alleviate nutrient and sediment pollution of a nearby creek. “We’re working closely with Ken White, he’s the master gardener at Nash Community College, and he’s super-jazzed […]

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  • Notice of Violation issued for Middlesex construction site

    A construction site in Middlesex has been singled out by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources for sediment and erosion control issues. Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell visited the site the week before the holiday after receiving a report from a community member concerned about sediment run-off. She […]

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  • Proposed development a concern for Nash County residents

    Concerns about a proposed residential development near the Tar River had one Nash County group reaching out to Sound Rivers recently. Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell stepped in to help with talking points for a planning board meeting: why clear-cutting 122 acres of forested land to make way for a large development would be bad for […]

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  • Lower Neuse Riverkeeper: Contentnea Creek CAFO a threat

    An industrial hog facility had Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Katy Hunt reaching out to North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality this week about the facility’s multiple violations and the threat it poses to Contentnea Creek. The Moye facility is located on the creek in Greene County and has a long history of failing to maintain its […]

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  • Aurora sampling points to raw sewage

    Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell was back in Aurora this week, doing more investigation into what appears to be ongoing sewage issues for the town. Water samples taken this week from three locations all came back positive for E. coli (pictured above). “They were all maxed out for E. coli,” Jill said, pointing out that one […]

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  • Sound Rivers weighs in on DEQ biogas permit hearing

    On Tuesday night, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality held a virtual public meeting to hear from the public on the anaerobic digester general permits, since the agency has been charged with developing three general permits by July 2022, as mandated by the legislature with the 2021 Farm Act. The three permits will cover wet […]

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  • Watch the Pamlico Paddle Recap!

    Ride along with Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell and Sound Rivers’ Environmental Projects Coordinator Clay Barber as they recap this year’s Pamlico Paddle, a five-day, 70-plus mile kayaking adventure from Washington to Swan Quarter. Along the way, they highlighted the beauty of the river and many of the issues it faces!

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