• Waterkeepers Carolina conference 2022

    Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop and Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell joined fellow North Carolina Riverkeepers this week in Charlotte for the Waterkeepers Carolina conference. After a day of discussion about advocacy and issues affecting NC rivers, Riverkeepers headed out on kayaks  to explore (and take a dip in) the Catawba River.

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  • Mystery solved: mussels are non-invasive

    Recently, a woman who lives on the Neuse reached out to Sound Rivers regarding the appearance of a lot of mussels in the river over the past two summers — she was concerned they are an invasive species. Sound Rivers reached out to the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, who then hooked us up […]

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  • SCOTUS ruling a setback for clean water

    Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on an EPA case could ultimately limit the agency’s ability to do its job to address climate change. Read about the decision in this New York Times article. Sound Rivers staff is extremely disappointed in decision. Sound Rivers’ Executive Director Heather Deck “This is deeply, deeply troubling — we need […]

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  • Algal bloom season is here

    Summer means hot days, backyard barbecues and days spent on the river. For us at Sound Rivers, though, it can mean algal blooms. Drought conditions across eastern North Carolina through much of winter and spring can mean higher concentration of nutrients enter the waterways through runoff when it does rain. Algal blooms result from too many […]

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  • Trash Trout gets a second clean-out

    The Jack’s Creek Trash Trout in Washington got its second clean-out this week. On Wednesday, volunteers joined Lower Neuse water-quality intern Megan Long and Tar-Pamlico intern Maddie Garrison to remove trash from the litter trap, then audit what it had trapped since its last clean-out on May 20. This outing’s trash tally included: Plast­­ic film: […]

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  • Success: KCI cleanup on the Neuse

    Sound Rivers gives a big shout-out to Raleigh-based mitigation firm KCI for organizing a service-day cleanup on the Neuse River last Friday. We hooked them up with pickers from the Walnut Creek Wetlands Center, and they provided the effort for ridding the Neuse of trash! Reach out to us if you’d like to host your […]

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  • Havelock SSOs still on Sound Rivers’ radar

    A history of sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) in Havelock has led Sound Rivers’ Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop to make some suggestions as the town’s original deal with the state to get the issues fixed has expired and a new one is set to take its place. “While important steps have been taken to address the […]

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  • Construction cause of Durham creek sedimentation

    A Durham creek is turning bright orange after rain events, a phenomenon which can likely be attributed to one or more of the 11 construction sites surrounding it. Concerned residents recently reached out to Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop to see what can be done about the excessive runoff into Lick Creek. The creek — which […]

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  • Riverkeepers: A week well-spent in the nation’s capital

    Last week, Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell and Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop joined Waterkeepers from all over the world for the biennial Waterkeeper Alliance conference. More than 350 Riverkeeper programs in more than 45 countries belong to Waterkeeper Alliance. This year’s conference started with a “Day of Action” and a visit to Capitol Hill, addressing water-quality […]

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  • Investigation: Poole Road

    Last week, our Swim Guide results turned up off-the-chart E. coli results at the Poole Road site in Knightdale. When Sound Rivers Program Director Clay Barber took samples from the site last Thursday, he said he “experienced a weird smell and saw an unnatural looking discharge from across the river, right in front of a […]

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  • Sound Rivers goes River Rally-ing

    Sound Rivers’ Staff Scientist Katy Hunt was in Washington, D.C. last weekend to attend River Rally, the nation’s largest conference for water professionals. “This was my first River Rally and it was such a great experience and opportunity to connect with fellow river advocates across the country,” Katy said. Hosted annual by River Network, River […]

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  • ACTION ALERT: Tell legislators to fund Swine Buyout Program

    WRITE YOUR LETTER HERE! After Hurricane Floyd devastated North Carolina in 1999 and caused the flooding of dozens of hog-waste lagoons in eastern North Carolina, the N.C. General Assembly created and funded a Swine Floodplain Buyout Program. The buyout funds are used to close waste lagoons, purchase swine production and development rights and establish conservation […]

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  • Sound Rivers celebrates Pride

    Fifty-three years ago, New York City police chose a hot summer’s night to raid the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in Greenwich Village. It wouldn’t be the first time it had happened, nor would it be the last. NYPD claimed the bar had violated city liquor ordinances, and arrested many Stonewall employees and patrons, most […]

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  • Riverkeepers on Capitol Hill

    Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell and Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop were in Washington, D.C. this week for Waterkeeper Alliance’s annual conference. On Wednesday, the two Riverkeepers visited Capitol Hill to speak with North Carolina Congressman Greg Murphy and aides to North Carolina’s two senators, Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, about our watersheds and encourage them to […]

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  •     VOLUNTEER!Swim Guide is in full swing at Sound Rivers, and we still need some volunteers to collect water samples and deliver them to our summer water-quality interns. Learn more about what it means to volunteer here!     TUNE IN!Every week we send out eNews with updates about the issues facing your waterways, […]

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