• Black History Month: Bobby Jones Q&A about community activism

    February is Black History Month, a nationwide celebration lifting up the significant roles Black Americans have had in shaping U.S. history. In honor of Black History Month, Sound Rivers is sharing weekly opportunities to learn more about how community activists have shaped, and are shaping, environmental justice in eastern North Carolina. This week, we’re lifting […]

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  • Riverkeeper dives in to help city head off storms

    The City of New Bern is leading the way in hurricane resiliency for coastal Carolina towns. The City sponsored a two-day virtual conference this week, inviting stakeholders from the broader community to pitch in on what a hazard mitigation plan looks like. “They invited people from all over, whether they’re government officials or from nonprofits, […]

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  • Construction begins on Havens Garden kayak launch

    Construction has started on a new kayak launch at Havens Garden in Washington. The kayak launch is being built on Runyon Creek and is the first of three upcoming kayak launch installations intended to get people paddling the Tar-Pamlico Water Trail. “The goal is increase access to the trail with these launches,” said Clay Barber, […]

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  • Blounts Creek battle wages on … slowly

    Awaiting a date to be heard by the North Carolina Supreme Court, Sound Rivers remains dedicated to protecting the popular fishing creek. “It’s still before the North Carolina Supreme Court. It has not been calendared, and we don’t know when that is going to happen,” said Heather Deck, executive director of Sound Rivers. “But our […]

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  • Riverkeepers launch statewide microplastics monitoring project

    Sound Rivers’ Riverkeepers launched a new program this week to identify what types of microplastics can be found in local waterways. “A lot of this project is about information or research-gathering. We know there’s a ton of plastic pollution in the environment — we see it all the time, in terms of trash in the […]

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  • Black History Month: lifting up those working for environmental justice

    February is Black History Month, a nationwide celebration lifting up the significant roles Black Americans have had in shaping U.S. history. In honor of Black History Month, Sound Rivers is sharing weekly opportunities to learn more about how community activists have shaped environmental justice in eastern North Carolina. This week, we’re lifting up some of […]

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  • Foundation extends summer intern applications

    The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation has extended its deadline for 35 paid internships at North Carolina nonprofits for the summer of 2021, and Sound Rivers is one of the participating nonprofits. Originally set for Feb. 15, the deadline has been extended to Feb. 22. All applications must be sent to the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation […]

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  • Unanimous vote denies Kittrell landfill  

    The Vance County Board of Adjustment voted unanimously Thursday night to deny a conditional-use permit for a land clearing inert debris landfill in Kittrell. “In the grand scheme of environmental issues, a LCID landfill in Vance County does not make major headlines, but this is a huge win for the residents of Egypt Mountain Road. […]

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  • Riverkeeper Spotlight: Katy Hunt and CAFO water sampling

    Every week, Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Katy Hunt is out in the field, on the banks of local creeks and streams, capturing water samples to shore up a known fact: concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are harmful to the waterways. It’s part of Hunt’s job as a Riverkeeper — taking samples, doing the testing and making […]

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  • Sound Rivers shares commitment to racial equity

    February is Black History Month, a nationwide celebration lifting up the significant roles Black Americans have had in shaping U.S. history. In honor of Black History Month, Sound Rivers will be sharing weekly opportunities to learn more about how community activists have shaped environmental justice in eastern North Carolina — including right here at home, […]

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  • Catch up with the latest episode of Tell Me About it Tuesdays: Pollution Solutions

    Did you miss this week’s episode of Tell Me About Tuesdays? You can watch it here! Your Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell hosted East Carolina University engineering professor Dr. Randall Etheridge for “Pollution Solutions,” a look into the research in progress to keep Lake Mattamuskeet healthy. Lake Mattamuskeet is a renowned stopover point for migratory birds. […]

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  • Sound Rivers celebrates Black History Month

    February is Black History Month, a nationwide celebration lifting up the significant roles Black Americans have had in shaping U.S. history. In honor of Black History Month, Sound Rivers will be sharing weekly opportunities to learn more about how community activists have shaped environmental justice closer to home, starting with an NPR article exploring the […]

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  • New Havens Garden kayak launch launches in Washington

    Construction is ramping up for a new kayak launch at Havens Garden in Washington. The kayak launch will be adjacent to the boat ramp on Runyon Creek, and the first of three upcoming kayak launches intended to get people paddling the state’s paddle trails. The two other kayak launches will be located at Mason’s Landing […]

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  • Riverkeepers, residents speak out against biogas project

    Advocates and residents aired their concerns about a biogas project underway in Sampson and Duplin counties during a virtual public meeting held by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality on Jan. 26. You can take action by signing the petition asking Attorney General Josh Stein to enforce the terms of the Smithfield Agreement here. […]

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  • It’s a wrap on Jaycee Park wetlands project

    A colorful sign installed this week at the edge of Jaycee Park brings a constructed wetlands project to a close and opens the area for an educational opportunity. “The sign briefly introduces the ‘landscape for clean water’ concept, why it’s important, and it has an infographic to show how it works — where this water […]

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