• Become a Clean-Water Warrior today!

    The Neuse and Tar-Pamlico watersheds cover nearly a quarter of North Carolina — so where do you start? Here are four ways you can help today, tomorrow and for the foreseeable future! Tune in!Every week we send out eNews with updates about the issues facing your waterways, alerts for when action needs to be taken, […]

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  • DEQ investigates ongoing Pamlico fish kill

    An ongoing fish kill was first reported last week in the Broad Creek/Blounts Bay area on the Pamlico River. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has investigated and essentially found “dead water” (no oxygen) at Blounts Bay. They also found algae, diatoms and dinoflagellates, which is normal (normal species) for this time of year […]

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  • Pamlico Paddle: Day 5, Pungo River to Swan Quarter

    Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell and Environmental Projects Coordinator Clay Barber are in the final stretch of the Pamlico Paddle, a nearly 20-mile journey from the Pungo River to Swan Quarter. They’re in open water and in the wild; there’s not a whole lot out there but wind, waves, marsh and a few sandy beaches. The […]

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  • Update on the Pamlico fish kill

    Last week, reports of a major fish kill, from Broad Creek to Blounts Bay, were called in by several people. North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality got out on the water Tuesday, and by Wednesday, they had discovered bottom waters were pretty dead (no oxygen), expecially below two meters in Blounts Bay. They also saw signs […]

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  • Pamlico Clean-up a huge success

    Pamlico Paddle 2021 launched with a clean-up of the areas surrounding Havens Garden in Washington on Oct. 17. Kayakers took to Runyon Creek to pull garbage out of the water, and many volunteers scoured the banks of the Pamlico, Runyon Creek and Jack’s Creek, picking up everything from plastic bottles to twin mattresses. The clean-up […]

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  • Pamlico Paddle: Day 4, Bath Creek to Pungo River

    Day 4 of the Pamlico Paddle was the longest, by far. Jill, Clay and First Mate Miller paddled nearly 20 miles from Plum Point, near the mouth of Bath Creek, to their next stop on the Pungo River. Conditions were pretty ideal for kayaking: sunny and warm, with a slight breeze out of the west […]

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  • Pamlico Paddle: Day 3, Blounts Creek to Bath Creek

    Another chilly night on the Tar-Pamlico Water Trail led to a beautiful morning on Blounts Creek. Today, Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell and Sound Rivers’ Environmental Projects Coordinator Clay Barber made their way from the south side of the Pamlico to the north side, 13 miles to Bath Creek. After an ideal day of kayaking on […]

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  • Pamlico Paddle: Day 2, Broad Creek to Blounts Creek

    Jill, Clay and First Mate Miller spent the first night of the Pamlico Paddle at the Hindsley camping platform on Broad Creek. It was a chilly night, with temperatures dropping to the mid-40s. We found out Miller the adventure pup is not so adventurous as to sleep in a hammock. Day 2, the kayaking trio […]

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  • Pamlico Paddle: Day 1, The Launch

    Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell and Sound Rivers’ Environmental Projects Coordinator Clay Barber got off to a fantastic start this afternoon. After a successful cleanup of the Havens Garden riverside and Runyon Creek (thank you to the many volunteers who showed up to clean up!), lunch at Backwater Jack’s Tiki Bar & Grill, the kayaks were […]

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  • Answer river flow survey and get a chance to win a $25 gift card

    Help one of our East Carolina University partners learn more about the flow of rivers in eastern North Carolina and get a chance to win one of 10, $25 gift cards in a drawing! Jaclyn Best is a PhD candidate at ECU who is working on a research project to understand the ecological flows of rivers in […]

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  • Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper comments on biogas/environmental justice listening session

    Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell spoke on behalf of Sound Rivers at a special meeting of North Carolina’s Environmental Justice and Equity Advisory Board this week. The  listening session of the special meeting centered on how biogas relies on and further entrenches the lagoon and sprayfield system, a system we know causes a number of harms, […]

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  • Tell Me About It Tuesday: the Pamlico Paddle

    PAMLICO PADDLE UPDATE: OCT. 12 IT’S ALL IN THE PLANNING: As Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell and Environmental Projects Coordinator Clay Barber prepare to head out on the five-day, 70-plus miles paddling adventure down the Pamlico River, they spent an evening sharing where they’re going, where they’re staying and what they’re bringing along on the paddle. […]

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  • Stormwater Success: Environmental Alliance gets tour of constructed wetland

    This week, Sound Rivers’ Environmental Projects Coordinator Clay Barber was out in the field… and in the classroom. Clay was invited to speak to Environmental Alliance, a student conservation group at Beaufort County Community College. His talk center around constructed wetlands: Sound Rivers and BCCC partnered to build a constructed wetland on the Washington campus, […]

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  • Pamlico Paddle: Testing kayaks

    PAMLICO PADDLE UPDATE: OCT. 5 THE ADVENTURE BEGINS: Meet First Mate and Adventure Pup Miller as he, Jill, Clay hit the river, testing kayaks on the Pamlico and trying to figure out which ones will be best for wind, waves, wide water and, of course, Miller. Five days and more than 70 miles on open […]

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  • Jill and Clay’s next epic adventure: The Pamlico Paddle!

    They’re back … Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell and Environmental Projects Coordinator Clay Barber are at it again, heading out Oct. 17 on another epic paddling adventure, this time, a five-day kayaking trip down the Pamlico River. They’re taking up where they left off on last October’s Tour de Tar, a 10-day trip from Oxford to […]

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