• Volunteer Spotlight: Joel Hudson

    Have you met Joel Hudson? Well, take a moment to meet Joel and hear why he volunteers to take samples every week for Sound Rivers’ Swim Guide! Watch the video below!

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  • Upper Neuse Riverkeeper takes new angle on water quality

    Matthew Starr will be approaching water quality from a new direction. The Upper Neuse Riverkeeper is moving on from Sound Rivers to pursue a graduate degree full time at N.C. State University and conduct research on ways farmers can support soil health and protect water quality — working for clean water from an agricultural angle. […]

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  • Volunteer Spotlight: Roy Carlton

    Roy Carlton has been volunteering to do weekly water sampling for Swim Guide since Sound Rivers became a part of the international program four years ago. But his history of volunteering with Sound Rivers goes back much farther, to the early ‘90s and the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation. Q: Can you give us a little background […]

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  • Is it The Blob? No, it’s a bryozoan colony

    Have you ever seen a gelatinous blob in local waters and wondered what it could possibly be? While most people would guess it’s some type of algae or fungus, or even freshwater jellyfish or fish eggs, it’s likely a colony of bryozoans, or “Moss Animals.” Though the individual animals are tiny (less than 1/25 of an […]

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  • Lower Neuse Riverkeeper eyes wastewater issues on Broad Creek

    Your Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Katy Hunt spent Thursday taking water samples to test for E. coli at Broad Creek (off the Neuse River) near a wastewater treatment plant. Residents living near the facility have been dealing with noise and smell for years, as well as sewage spilling from the tanks, most recently last July. Residents […]

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  • ‘Splash for Trash’ makes a big splash on the Tar

    Last Saturday, clean-water warriors gathered at Town Common in Greenville and took to the Tar for the third-annual Splash for Trash. Hosted by Greenville Noon Rotary, and partnered by Sound Rivers, nearly 100 volunteers showed up with canoes, kayaks and boats to gather trash from the Tar River. Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell and Sound Rivers’ […]

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  • A Festival of Creation spotlights environmentalism

    Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell was invited to represent Sound Rivers at A Festival of Creation, a unique, two-day festival held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville last weekend. Billed as centering “around celebrating God’s creation of the Earth, and humanity’s role in caring for the Earth,” with an eye toward climate change and environmental […]

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  • Volunteer Spotlight: Bob Hudkins

    Bob Hudkins has been volunteering with Sound Rivers for 25 years, and this is his first year as a Swim Guide water-sampling volunteer. According to water-quality intern Will Shingleton, Bob has gone above and beyond the Swim Guide call of duty, coordinating a group of high school and college students to help take samples, then […]

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  • Intern spotlight: Will presents “Cool Animals On Our Rivers and How We Protect Them!”

    Water-quality intern Will Shingleton wowed his audience Wednesday with “Cool Animals On Our Rivers and How We Protect Them!,” a presentation about animals that live in or near the waterways, with a focus on endangered species found only in the Tar River basin. Farmville Library’s Elementary Adventures is an interactive program featuring games and hands-on […]

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  • Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Katy Hunt talks DNA testing of waters

    Sound Rivers’ Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Katy Hunt weighed in on DNA testing and how it could change the pollution-sourcing game in the near future. Read what she had to say about this powerful new tool at North Carolina Health News.

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  • Riverkeepers weigh in on Triennial Review, water-quality standards

    The Clean Water Act requires states to review their water quality standards and classifications every three years and make any necessary modifications to ensure the protection of our waters. During this process, called the Triennial Review, North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality reviews current EPA guidelines, scientific data and public comments and will make recommendations […]

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  • Call for 40th-Anniversary Art: Win $500 for your digital design!

    Help us celebrate our 40th anniversary year with a unique digital design commemorating our waterways! Three semi-finalists will receive $100, and a finalist will receive $500 for the design we’ll put to a variety of uses over the next year. Everything you need to know about submitting your art is below. So get drawing; deadline […]

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  • Splash for Trash cleanup set for July 31

    Sound Rivers is partnering again with the Greenville Noon Rotary Club for the 3rd-annual “Splash for Trash.” This Tar River cleanup is a community service project created by Greenville Rotary to promote water quality, access, river recreation and environmental awareness and highlight the Tar River. For more information, contact John M. Person at 252-353-2131 or […]

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  • Intern spotlight: Nathalie Uriarte-Ayala takes STEM campers sampling

    Sound Rivers’ Lower Neuse water-quality intern Nathalie Uriarte-Ayala paid a special visit to A Time For Science this week to teach young STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) campers all about Swim Guide.  At the outdoor pavilion next to a pond, an enthusiastic audience of “Green Engineering” campers learned about how e. Coli gets in […]

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  • Elsa rainfall totals, flood forecasts

    Tropical Storm Elsa released plenty of rain over central North Carolina today; less so for the eastern region. The National Hurricane Center forecasted flash and urban flooding of some streams and creeks in the central part of the state; no flooding was expected in the lower parts of the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico watersheds. To see […]

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