• It’s a wrap on Jaycee Park wetlands project

    A colorful sign installed this week at the edge of Jaycee Park brings a constructed wetlands project to a close and opens the area for an educational opportunity. “The sign briefly introduces the ‘landscape for clean water’ concept, why it’s important, and it has an infographic to show how it works — where this water […]

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  • NC Attorney General: Duke Energy to pay $1 billion for coal ash cleanup

    From the Office of Attorney General Josh Stein RALEIGH — Attorney General Josh Stein today announced that he, along with the Public Staff of the North Carolina Utilities Commission and the Sierra Club, has entered into a settlement with Duke Energy about paying for coal ash cleanup that will save North Carolina electricity customers more than $1 […]

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  • Tell Biden administration to support clean water

    On Jan. 21, one of the first acts of President Joe Biden was to sign an executive order that takes critical first steps to address the climate crisis, create good union jobs and advance environmental justice, while reversing the previous administration’s harmful policies. Biden also signed the instrument to rejoin the Paris Agreement, which will […]

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  • Vance Co. Board of Adjustment votes down Kittrell landfill

    After several hearings and many hours of testimony, the Vance County Board of Adjustment opted not to issue the land-use permit that would pave the way for a LCID (land clearing and inert debris) landfill adjacent to a rural, residential neighborhood. Sound Rivers’ Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell, who testified about the potential environmental and water […]

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  • Kayak adventure a lesson in wetlands’ purpose

    Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell and Clay Barber, Sound Rivers’ environmental projects coordinator, took to the water this week to explore the swamps of southeast Virginia and northeast North Carolina. Howell and Barber paddled along the Chowan River and Mud Creek, as well as the Cypress Bridge Swamp Natural Area Preserve in Courtland, Virginia, where they […]

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  • 2021 Pure Farms, Pure Waters priorities presented

    Upper Neuse Riverkeeper Matthew Starr presented clean water priorities to North Carolina legislators on Monday. In a Zoom session, Starr submitted a slate of requests that ranged from funding to support farmers to confronting environmental justice issues. “In the upcoming legislative session, we hope to work with legislators to increase funding for key agricultural programs […]

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  • Did you miss this week’s Tell Me About It Tuesdays? Watch here!

    Sit in with Sound Rivers Environmental Projects Coordinator Clay Barber and guest Mitch Woodward, with North Carolina Cooperative Extension, for this discussion about how to make your landscape work for clean water. Recorded on Jan. 12, this interesting discussion shows us some practical ways to keep it clean!

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  • NC Policy Watch delves deeper into million-gallon hog waste spill in Jones Co.

    Hog farm that spilled 1 million gallons of feces, urine into waterways had been warned of lagoon problems DC Mills Farm has familial ties to another operation that incurred a record fine By Lisa Sorg, NC Policy Watch A Jones County farm that spilled an estimated 1 million gallons of hog feces and urine into […]

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  • Foundation opens summer intern applications

    The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation is offering 35 paid internships at North Carolina nonprofits for the summer of 2021, and Sound Rivers is one of the participating nonprofits. Formed by the merger of two of the state’s oldest grassroots conservation organizations — the Neuse River Foundation and Pamlico-Tar River Foundation — Sound Rivers has been […]

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  • December newsletter available here

    To see a copy of Sound Rivers’ latest newsletter click HERE!

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  • Time to review lagoons, end pilot program in Jones County

    A million-gallon spill of hog waste into Tuckahoe Creek over the Christmas holiday points to the need for state officials to review all active lagoons. “It’s time for North Carolina to inspect all active lagoons — starting with those in the 100-year floodplain or within 500 feet of any stream — to prevent additional contamination […]

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  • The new year comes with new goals

    Your financial support is critical to helping us work for your clean water. So, what do we plan to do with that support in 2021? Here’s a start: We’re going to build a diverse coalition of partners and create a path forward to correct years of nutrient pollution plaguing our rivers, causing disastrous fish kills in […]

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  • 3 days later, samples point to contamination

    A hog lagoon spill into a tributary of the Trent River is affecting water quality three days later. According to the North Carolina Division of Water Resources, a hog lagoon on the D.C. Mills Farm on Lees Mills Road near Trenton spilled 1 million gallons of hog waste into Tuckahoe Creek, a tributary of the […]

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  • Sound Rivers celebrates River Friendly Businesses 2019

    The River Friendly Businesses of the Year Award recognizes active support for Sound Rivers’ mission to protect the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico rivers. These folks have really come through for us year after year, and we appreciate their ongoing efforts for clean water! Recipients this year include: Capelli’s Salon, Washington Lisa Smith-Gargaro, owner of Capelli’s, lifts […]

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  • Great Blue Heron awards recognize long-time dedication

    Every year, Sound Rivers recognizes quite a few partners in clean water, as a thank you for their efforts and dedication to our mission. The awards are usually given out during the Sound Rivers’ spring board meeting, but this year, COVID-19 curtailed the gathering where the 2019 awards would have been announced. We’ve decided to wrap […]

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