• ICYMI: Tell Me About It Tuesdays with Dr. Barbara Doll

    If you missed the latest episode of Tell Me About It Tuesdays, no worries! You can watch it here! Tune in with N.C. State professor and North Carolina Sea Grant restoration specialist Dr. Barbara Doll as she talks about “Natural Systems — Improving Resilience to Coastal Riverine Flooding.”

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  • Trash Trout site picked for Lower Neuse

    **update! The location has been changed to Jack Smith Creek. Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Katy Hunt has been scouting sampling locations for an installation to de-trash local waterways, and aid in research. She found an ideal site at Lawson Creek, a tributary of the Trent and Neuse rivers. “This is the future site of our Trash […]

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  • Swale project transforming campus stormwater

    Nash Community College’s campus continues to be transformed with stormwater in mind. The latest project is the nearly completed restoration of swale that’s instrumental in steering water to the right place, at the right rate. So, what’s a swale? You might think of it as a ditch that’s shaped with certain ratios in mind to […]

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  • Riverkeeper keeping an eye on Aurora sewage issue

    Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell continues to keep up with the ongoing sewage spills in the town of Aurora. “The (Aurora) Department of Public Works is onboard and willing to fix the issues out there, but Aurora is a low-resource area, and there seem to be issues with its infrastructure,” Jill said. A concerned Aurora resident […]

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  • Environmental commission adopts permanent wetlands protections

    Millions of acres of North Carolina wetlands are now protected under permanent wetlands rules adopted by North Carolina’s Environmental Management Commission. Despite last-minute pressure from industry representatives, and an attempt to defer the decision to March, the EMC the permitting rules were adopted by an 8-6 vote. “We are grateful for those on the EMC […]

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  • Town of Clayton sets environmental example

    A new city council in the Town of Clayton has voted to bring back a steep-slope ordinance removed by previous, developer-friendly council, voting to provide the town’s residents with protections for their properties and waterways. Sediment pollution of our waterways is the number one issue we see across our region, and protection of steep slopes […]

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  • Port Terminal kayak launch nears completion

    The Port Terminal boating access renovation is near completion, which means a new kayak launch will soon be available to paddlers in Pitt County. “They are done pouring the boat ramp, and about to start putting riprap rock down, then they’ll be installing their floating dock, and once they do so, we can put our […]

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  • Oakwood School 4th graders get Swim Guide education

    Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell introduced some fourth graders to Swim Guide and how to find out if your water is yucky. Jill was invited to give a presentation on Wednesday at the Oakwood School in Greenville by teacher Hunt McKinnon, who heard her speak at a Greenville Rotary meeting and thought his fourth-graders could benefit […]

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  • New site located for Nash Community College rain garden

    One of two rain gardens is near completion and a new site has been identified for the other as Nash Community College takes the plunge to handle its stormwater issues. “They just put a river rock border around the mulch bed of that first rain garden, so it should be ready for plants once it […]

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  • Watershed restoration planned for Washington’s Jack’s Creek

    A nine-element watershed restoration plan for Washington’s Jack’s Creek moved forward this week with a site visit from partners in its restoration. Sound Rivers is managing the North Carolina Land and Water Fund grant and coordinating the project with the Mid-East Commission, East Carolina University, North Carolina State University Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, […]

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  • Pitt County residents push back against cryptocurrency mining facility

    The potential for a cryptocurrency datamining or processing facility in Greenville is causing Pitt County residents to push back. The Greenville ENC Alliance has been working on a modular data processing project — a potential $55 million investment from a Minnesota company, Compute North. Current concerns center around noise from these facilities and the large […]

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  • Sound Rivers welcomes return of former intern

    Will Shingleton is sampling with Sound Rivers again! The former water-quality intern returns as a field technician, helping your Riverkeepers monitor the waterways during his last semester of school at East Carolina University. Last week, Will was out with Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Katy Hunt, learning the ins and outs of how to sample for nutrient […]

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  • ICYMI: Tell Me About It Tuesdays with Dr. Rachel Noble

    Sound Rivers’ virtual science series, Tell Me About It Tuesdays, returns in the new year with “North Carolina’s Complicated Relationship with Stormwater.” Dr. Rachel Noble talks about increased coastal development, recreational use of high priority estuaring and coastal waters, increasing King Tide events, and unpredictable stormwater discharge patterns, which all threaten North Carolina’s water quality.  […]

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  • New year starts with new rain garden projects

    Sound Rivers’ Environmental Projects Coordinator Clay Barber has embarked on a new project in the new year: two rain gardens and a swale restoration at Nash Community College to alleviate nutrient and sediment pollution of a nearby creek. “We’re working closely with Ken White, he’s the master gardener at Nash Community College, and he’s super-jazzed […]

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  • Notice of Violation issued for Middlesex construction site

    A construction site in Middlesex has been singled out by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Energy, Mineral and Land Resources for sediment and erosion control issues. Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell visited the site the week before the holiday after receiving a report from a community member concerned about sediment run-off. She […]

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