• Thank you to our Swim Guide volunteers!

    We want to give a huge “THANK YOU!“ to the sponsors and many volunteers who made the 2021 Swim Guide season a success! We could not do it without your support, your dedication of time and energy and your passion for our waterways. Look for our end-of-year report soon! ( … and see you next […]

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  • Oyster Roast 2021 canceled

    We are deeply saddened to share with you the news that Sound Rivers’ staff and board, after consulting with local health officials, have made the very difficult decision to cancel the Oyster Roast this year. We are hopeful that the threat presented by COVID-19 will continue to lessen, however the information we have currently has […]

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  • NCDEQ warns swimmers to stay out of blue-green water on the Pamlico

    From North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality RALEIGH – N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Water Resources, advises the public to avoid contact with green or blue water in the Pamlico River due to an algal bloom and related fish kill that has lingered in the area since August 30, 2021. The bloom has been observed […]

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  • Federal judge strikes down ‘Dirty Water Rule’

    There IS good news! On Monday, a federal judge struck down a Trump administration rule — known as the “Dirty Water Rule” — that significantly reduced protections under the Clean Water Act! The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona judge said the rule was “too flawed to keep in place.” Read more about […]

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  • Million-gallon spill: 4 years later, not much has changed

    On Labor Day weekend of 2017, a hog waste spill at Lanier Farms in Jones County resulted in the largest civil penalty North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality had issued in at least six years — $64,000. The state stepped in, as did Smithfield Foods, when the international corporation yanked its hogs from the farm […]

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  • Algal bloom explodes on southside Pamlico

    A major algal bloom on the south side of the Pamlico River, from Durham Creek west to likely Blounts Bay, was reported Wednesday. The river is described as being “florescent green,” which is a sure sign of a problem. By Thursday morning, it was worse, as reports of hundreds of dead fish in Durham Creek […]

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  • Sound Rivers ED weighs in at environmental justice advisory board meeting

    The Farm Act of 2021 was on the agenda of Monday’s meeting of the North Carolina Environmental Justice Advisory Board, specifically, its provision that installation of biogas digesters over hog waste lagoons be permitted under a general N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) permit. Sound Rivers Executive Director Heather Deck attended to support the EJAB’s […]

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  • 40th-anniversary documentary spotlight: Bobby Jones

    Bobby Jones, founder of Down East Coal Ash Environmental and Social Justice Coalition, talks about how what we expect from our elected officials does not coincide with what we get. Filmmaker Rain Bennett sat down for an interview with Jones this spring, during the filming of Sound Rivers’ 40th-anniversary documentary.  

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  • Riverkeeper Spotlight: Lower Neuse Riverkeeper advocating, educating and monitoring

    Your Upper Neuse Riverkeeper Katy Hunt has been out in the field over the last few weeks, promoting Sound Rivers’ core mission: educating the public, monitoring the waterways and advocating for the health of, and the communities on, your rivers! First, Katy met with the Kinston Rotary Club to talk about the issues facing the […]

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  • Volunteer Spotlight: Mac Lord

    Mac Lord is a junior, double majoring in engineering and political science at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. This summer was his first experience volunteering with Sound Rivers’ Swim Guide. Hear what Mac has to say about why he volunteers and why Swim Guide is an important asset to your rivers!  

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  • Former Neuse Riverkeeper: the importance of ENC waterways

    Rick Dove — former Neuse Riverkeeper and North Carolina’s first Riverkeeper — talks about the importance of eastern North Carolina’s waterways in the clip from footage taken during the filming of Sound Rivers’ upcoming 40th-anniversary documentary. Stay tuned for more information about the events surrounding the premiere of the film!

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  • In the field: Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell

    Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell’s “out in the field” over the last couple of weeks encompasses land, air and water. East Carolina University professors Charlie Humphreys and Guy Iverson met Howell and Sound Rivers’ water-quality intern Will Shingleton on the banks of Jack’s Creek in Washington last week to install data loggers and collect water samples […]

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  • Sound Rivers says goodbye to summer interns!

    This summer Sound Rivers welcomed aboard three new water-quality interns: Will Shingleton, a senior majoring in Environmental Health at East Carolina University; Leah Tilson, a senior double-majoring in Environmental Science and Public Policy at University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; and Nathalie Uriarte-Ayala, a junior majoring in Environmental Science at UNC-Chapel Hill. Under the leadership of […]

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  • Fish kill reported on Pamlico’s south side

    It’s that time of year: after heavy rain, followed by last week’s still, hot weather, the conditions are ripe for fish kills. Fishermen are reporting exactly that: dead croaker, spot and flounder littering the south side of the Pamlico, closer to the Sound (from Durham Creek to Indian Island). North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality […]

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  • What does it mean to be a Riverkeeper? Lower Neuse Riverkeeper has the answer!

    Ever wondered what being a Riverkeeper means? Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Katy Hunt has the answer. Set against a backdrop of the Trent River, Katy talks about the many hats a Riverkeeper wears. The clip is a tiny part of the large picture that will be Sound Rivers’ 40th-anniversary documentary, set to premiere this fall in […]

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