• Proposed development a concern for Nash County residents

    Concerns about a proposed residential development near the Tar River had one Nash County group reaching out to Sound Rivers recently. Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell stepped in to help with talking points for a planning board meeting: why clear-cutting 122 acres of forested land to make way for a large development would be bad for […]

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  • Lower Neuse Riverkeeper: Contentnea Creek CAFO a threat

    An industrial hog facility had Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Katy Hunt reaching out to North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality this week about the facility’s multiple violations and the threat it poses to Contentnea Creek. The Moye facility is located on the creek in Greene County and has a long history of failing to maintain its […]

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  • Aurora sampling points to raw sewage

    Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell was back in Aurora this week, doing more investigation into what appears to be ongoing sewage issues for the town. Water samples taken this week from three locations all came back positive for E. coli (pictured above). “They were all maxed out for E. coli,” Jill said, pointing out that one […]

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  • Sound Rivers weighs in on DEQ biogas permit hearing

    On Tuesday night, North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality held a virtual public meeting to hear from the public on the anaerobic digester general permits, since the agency has been charged with developing three general permits by July 2022, as mandated by the legislature with the 2021 Farm Act. The three permits will cover wet […]

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  • Watch the Pamlico Paddle Recap!

    Ride along with Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell and Sound Rivers’ Environmental Projects Coordinator Clay Barber as they recap this year’s Pamlico Paddle, a five-day, 70-plus mile kayaking adventure from Washington to Swan Quarter. Along the way, they highlighted the beauty of the river and many of the issues it faces!

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  • DWR investigation finds no algal toxins at Falls Lake

    An investigation into a potential harmful algal bloom on Falls Lake turned up two types of bacteria present in samples, but did not detect toxins.   North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Water Resources staff collected samples to the east of Bayleaf Church Road on Dec. 7, after it was reported that a […]

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  • NC governor protects local government options to address climate change

    Veto of H 220 Also Supports Government Transparency From Sierra Club RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday vetoed H 220, “Choice of Energy Service,” which would prevent local governments from restricting fracked gas hookups, one of the tools available to them in the fight against climate change. The bill would block local governments from […]

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  • Riverkeeper spotlight: investigating Aurora spill report

    Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell has been out in the field investigating a report of a sewage spill in Aurora, very close to South Creek, over Thanksgiving. “I went out to take a look around last week, and collected two water samples in some of the marshy areas that drain into South Creek where a resident thought sewage had […]

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  • Port Terminal kayak launch in progress!

    Construction has started on a new boat ramp and kayak launch on the Tar River at Port Terminal in Greenville. The kayak launch is the last of three Sound Rivers’ kayak launch installations intended to get people paddling the Tar-Pamlico Water Trail. The launches at Havens Garden and Mason’s Landing were completed in March and […]

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  • Buy Locally from Sustainable Farmers

    As we approach the holiday, it’s a good time to think about where that turkey, pork, or beef comes from that will round out your celebratory meals. We are fortunate to live in North Carolina, where good soils, climate, and plentiful water have allowed livestock farmers to thrive for hundreds of years. Farming is tradition […]

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  • Speak up for the Neuse River and Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve!

    Take action: help protect the Neuse! As the Neuse River winds its way east with twists and turns, geologic formations in the Raleigh area has directed the Neuse into a unique horseshoe shape.  Aptly named, Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve sits within the river’s bend where a Natural Heritage Natural Area supports features rare in the […]

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  • A special message from Executive Director Heather Deck

    After Tuesday night’s premiere of Sound Rivers’ 40th-anniversary film, “A Sound River,” Executive Director Heather Deck has a special message for those who tuned in, Sound Rivers’ many supporters and volunteers, our partners and more! Watch the video below!

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  • Freshwater mussel gains endangered species act protection in North Carolina, Virginia

    From the Center for Biological Diversity ASHEVILLE — Following a petition and lawsuits by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the Atlantic pigtoe freshwater mussel as threatened under the Endangered Species Act and designated 563 river miles of protected critical habitat in North Carolina and Virginia. Found on the […]

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  • NC Gov to sign budget that’s “mostly good” for environment

    North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said this week that he will sign the $25.9 billion 2021-22 budget into law. “I will sign this budget because, on balance, the good outweighs the bad,” Cooper said at a news conference. For Sound Rivers and our clean-water advocates, the good includes: Removal of harmful stormwater/buffer and wetlands provisions […]

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  • Watch Tell Me About It Tuesdays with Jess Hawkins!

    Did you miss the November Tell Me About It Tuesdays with Jess Hawkins? Never fear! You can watch it here!  Jess Hawkins talked about the major water quality and fisheries issues of the Pamlico-Tar River then and now. He grew up on the Pamlico and had a long career as a biologist, studying fisheries and […]

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