• 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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  • 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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