• We need your best swim shots!

    It’s summertime and it’s time to head to your favorite swimming hole! We need your help as advocates to protect those waters so you and your community don’t get sick! Please share a photo of you, your family or your community using your favorite North Carolina swimming spot. We’ll share it with legislators and regulators […]

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  • Riverkeeper, intern on the go, in the air

    Your Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell introduced water-quality intern Will Shingleton to another aspect of a Riverkeeper’s job: an aerial investigation of industrial animal facilities that could be affecting your waterways! From the water, land or air, your Riverkeepers are keeping an eye on what’s happening every day!

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  • Second kayak launch officially opens in Washington

    The City of Washington and Sound Rivers celebrated the official launch of Washington’s newest kayak launch with a ribbon cutting Friday. The Mason’s Landing kayak launch on Tranters Creek was built through a partnership and funded by the state Recreational Trails Program, Division of Water Resources, Wildlife Resources Commission and the city. It is the […]

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  • Cistern project in the works at Nash Community College

    This week saw forward momentum for Nash Community College’s stormwater management projects, with help from Sound Rivers’ Environmental Projects Coordinator Clay Barber. Sound Rivers continues to create partnerships with outside organizations/agencies for stormwater mitigation through nature-based solutions. Barber is currently working with four schools in the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico watersheds to construct the following stormwater […]

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  • Intern adds clean-up to summer duties

    Sound Rivers’ summer intern Will Shingleton was out in the field in Greenville last week, joining in on a collaborative East Carolina University-led effort to rid a major culvert of trash. Will is a rising senior at ECU, majoring in environmental health. He, along with fellow interns Leah Tilson and Nathalie Uriarte-Ayala, heads up Sound […]

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  • Mason’s Landing ribbon-cutting set for Friday!

    Hey! What are doing Friday? Come on out for the City of Washington and Sound Rivers’ ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially launch Washington’s newest kayak launch! The Mason’s Landing kayak launch on Tranters Creek was built through a partnership between Sound Rivers and the City of Washington, funded by the state Recreational Trails Program, Division of […]

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  • West Craven stormwater project yields delicious results

    The benefits of stormwater management are many, but at West Craven High School, the benefit is growth — of the vegetable variety. Through an Environmental Enhancement Grant, Sound Rivers and West Craven High School partnered last year to build a cistern to collect rainwater, which was then used to water raised beds. The results are […]

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  • Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper guides media on kayak cypress swamp tour

    Your Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell spent last Thursday as river guide in an old-growth cypress swamp in Courtland, Virginia, for CNN reporters covering Dogwood Alliance’s work opposing the wood pellet industry. Also along for the kayak trip was Miller, Howell’s adopted puppy, who by all reports did a fine job as co-captain of the tour. […]

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  • Mason’s Landing kayak launch opens on Tranters Creek

    The second of three kayak launches being built to increase access to the Tar-Pamlico Water Trail is now open for launching. Located at Mason’s Landing on Tranters Creek, the launch was installed just in time for Memorial Day weekend. In March, the first of the three launches officially opened on Runyon Creek at Havens Garden […]

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  • Riverkeeper, intern talk Swim Guide with WITN

    Local NBC affiliate WITN TV 7 reporter Hannah Jeffries paid a visit to New Bern this week to talk about the launch of Swim Guide with Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Katy Hunt and water-quality intern Nathalie Uriarte-Ayala. You can watch the segment here!

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  • Swim Guide launch this week!

    Swim Guide returns with Memorial Day weekend and summer days ahead! Sound Rivers is launching a fourth year of the public service alerting people to where it’s safe to swim in local waterways, from the Raleigh-Durham area to the Pamlico Sound. “For those contemplating getting out on the water, it gives them confidence to participate […]

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  • About Swim Guide: all you need to know for safe swimming this summer!

    No one should ever have to swim in unsafe waters. But how can you tell if your local stream, river or lake is safe?  Swim Guide is a resource for North Carolina’s water lovers informed by water sampling by local waterkeeper organizations across the state, including Sound Rivers. From beaches to lakes to rivers, the […]

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  • Adopt a Swim Guide site this summer!

    Do you love the Summer Swim Guide Program that keeps you in the know about the quality of the water you’re swimming, boating and fishing in? You can have an impact on this program by “adopting” your favorite site! Your $25 adoption gift helps us cover the cost of sampling materials throughout the summer and […]

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  • 2014 NC law prevents transparency in water-quality investigation

    Extremely elevated E. coli levels found last week in a stream near Deep Run in Lenoir County are not going away. But the lack of transparency in what DEQ can and cannot legally share about its investigation into the matter is a source of frustration, as well as a matter of public safety, according to […]

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  • 2021 Swim Guide interns on the job!

    Sound Rivers’ Swim Guide program is gearing up for its launch Memorial Day weekend with our interns arriving at our Washington, New Bern and Raleigh offices. After an intense two weeks of training, they’ll be responsible for coordinating and training our Swim Guide volunteers, testing water samples and relaying results via text, email, press releases […]

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