• Finding the Blue Way

    Environmental Projects Coordinator Clay Barber got out on the water this week as part of the Blue Economy Corridor project research. Organized by the Blue Economy Corridor project head Dr. Emily Yeager, Yeager, fellow East Carolina University professor Dr. Beth Bee, undergraduate assistants assisting with the project, Anjalee and Taylor, joined Clay and Knee Deep […]

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  • ICYMI: Watch “The Blue Economy Corridor” with Dr. Emily Yeager

    If you missed the latest episode of Tell Me About It Tuesdays, Sound Rivers’ virtual science series, you can watch it here! East Carolina University’s Dr. Emily Yeager talks about her work on The Blue Economy Corridor, an asset-mapping project of communities along the river, from Rocky Mount to Washington. The Blue Economy Corridor will […]

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  • Lab RATS get a water-quality education

    Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell visited the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Greenville last week to introduce children in the Lab RATS (Research and Advancements in Science and Technology) to the role of Riverkeeper. “I talked about what we do at Sound Rivers, some of the pollution issues facing the Tar-Pamlico watershed, and what […]

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  • DEQ issues notice of violation to trawler owner in Oriental

    The owner of the fishing trawler Chasity Brook has been issued a Notice of Violation from North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality. An NOV from the Division of Water Resources is pending. The vessel came to the attention of Oriental police on Feb. 14, as crews were spotted grinding paint from […]

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  • Paint chips covering Oriental Harbor prompt investigation

    Sound Rivers and multiple state agencies are investigating what has been an ongoing issue of paint removal from vessels while they are still in the water. Last week, reports of a crew grinding paint from a fishing vessel and paint chips covering surface water of Oriental Harbor brought on the investigation. “This is a clear […]

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  • Trash Trout volunteers needed!

    We need your help! In April, Sound Rivers will be installing trash trouts on Jack’s Creek in Washington and at Jack Smith Creek in New Bern. Trash Trouts are passive litter traps that will float on the surface of the creeks, are attached to the banks, and capture all the floating trash before it ends […]

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  • Sound Rivers weighs in on public trust case

    Sound Rivers is lending its support to a court decision acknowledging the state can be held accountable for its obligation to protect lands, waters or resources. On behalf of Sound Rivers, the North Carolina Wildlife Federation and the North Carolina chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, the Southern Environmental Law Center filed an amicus brief with the courts to […]

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  • WIN: Environmental Enhancement Grant to continue funding pollution solutions

    In a unanimous opinion, the North Carolina Supreme Court last week ruled in favor of Sound Rivers and the N.C. Coastal Federation to continue funding Environmental Enhancement Grant programs, as established by the 2000 Smithfield Agreement. It was the second time the N.C. Supreme Court has ruled in Sound Rivers’ favor. In 2016, Francis X. […]

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  • Outcry forces withdrawal of luxury-hotel-in-a-public-park plan

    The outcry against the sale and development of a public park on the Neuse River has shut the proposed project down. In an unexpected, but welcome, move this week, the group behind the plan to build a luxury hotel at Union Point Park in New Bern withdrew its proposal. On Feb. 8, New Bern’s Board […]

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  • Watch the trailer for “A Sound River”!

    We’re taking global issues to a local scale in “A Sound River,’ our new documentary about Sound Rivers and our 40-year fight for a basic right — clean water. RSVP here to the live, virtual premiere at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 30!  ‘A Sound River’ tells Sound Rivers’ story visually, from our founding by two […]

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  • Action Alert: stop Union Point Park sale for development

    Write your letter to the New Bern Mayor and Board of Aldermen here! We have serious concerns about a resolution passed at the Feb. 8 meeting of New Bern’s Board of Aldermen: “Consider adopting a resolution approving a memorandum of understanding with New Bern Historic, LLC.”  The resolution, which passed 4-3, essentially appears to be […]

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  • DEQ biogas permit public hearings announced

    DEQ announced public hearings for the opportunity to the public to comment on the draft biogas general permits. There will be three in person meetings and one virtual hearing. We continue to be engaged on the development of these general permits for biogas operations. While, to our knowledge, there have not been any proposed biogas […]

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  • Summer Swim Guide interns sought

    Sound Rivers is in search of a few good interns for this summer’s Swim Guide program. “We’re looking for somebody who’s interested in working with people, exploring nature and improving people’s understanding of water quality,” said Sound Rivers Environmental Projects Coordinator Clay Barber. The three paid internships offer opportunities in the lab and in the […]

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  • Beaufort County residents: open houses set for flooding priorities

    Last fall, Beaufort County and three municipalities — Aurora, Belhaven and Washington — asked for public input on issues, needs and opportunities related to flooding via a public survey. The next step is open houses to gather input on community priorities. The open houses are as follows: Beaufort County In-person: Thursday, Feb. 17, 4 – […]

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