• 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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  • Annual auction opens to bidders!

    Go to the auction HERE! Instead of a penciled-in bid, a click of the mouse will determine the winning bidders at Sound Rivers’ annual silent auction. We’ve gone virtual with out auction for a second year running. “Bidding for Clean Water” went live Friday morning (Nov. 5) and is open to the public. For the […]

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  • Lower Neuse Riverkeeper leads Falls Lake clean-up

    Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Katy Hunt made a trip to Raleigh last week to lead St. Francis Catholic Church’s service day and a much-needed clean-up! On a nice, fall day, nine volunteers joined Hunt in cleaning up Hippie Beach on Falls Lake in Raleigh. “It’s apparently been taken over by the ‘Glow Gang;’ some of the […]

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  • Washington/Beaufort County Resilient Coastal Communities surveys

    Severe weather events result in flooding and other storm-related effects and can cause widespread damage, displace residents, and restrict access and mobility, impacting the well-being of communities across eastern North Carolina. Climate change continues to amplify these risks, further threatening coastal development. Barriers, such as economic and capacity concerns, often hinder the actions needed to […]

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  • Become a Clean-Water Warrior today!

    The Neuse and Tar-Pamlico watersheds cover nearly a quarter of North Carolina — so where do you start? Here are four ways you can help today, tomorrow and for the foreseeable future! Tune in!Every week we send out eNews with updates about the issues facing your waterways, alerts for when action needs to be taken, […]

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  • SELC, Sound Rivers weigh in on Coastal Habitat Protection Plan

    The Southern Environmental Law Center, on behalf of Sound Rivers, Sound Rivers’ Riverkeepers and the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, weighed in last week on the 2021 Amendment to the North Carolina Coastal Habitat Protection Plan. “We applaud the authors of the amendment for providing a clear-eyed assessment of the challenges our coast faces, particularly regarding […]

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  • Celebrating the 25th anniversary of IBP win

    It was 1995, and the plan in motion would have put a hog processing plant in the small town of Kingsboro, outside Tarboro — an IBP slaughterhouse operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and would have brought tractor-trailer traffic rumbling through Rocky Mount and Tarboro at all hours of the day and […]

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  • DEQ investigates ongoing Pamlico fish kill

    An ongoing fish kill was first reported last week in the Broad Creek/Blounts Bay area on the Pamlico River. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality has investigated and essentially found “dead water” (no oxygen) at Blounts Bay. They also found algae, diatoms and dinoflagellates, which is normal (normal species) for this time of year […]

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  • Pamlico Paddle: Day 5, Pungo River to Swan Quarter

    Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell and Environmental Projects Coordinator Clay Barber are in the final stretch of the Pamlico Paddle, a nearly 20-mile journey from the Pungo River to Swan Quarter. They’re in open water and in the wild; there’s not a whole lot out there but wind, waves, marsh and a few sandy beaches. The […]

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  • Update on the Pamlico fish kill

    Last week, reports of a major fish kill, from Broad Creek to Blounts Bay, were called in by several people. North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality got out on the water Tuesday, and by Wednesday, they had discovered bottom waters were pretty dead (no oxygen), expecially below two meters in Blounts Bay. They also saw signs […]

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  • Pamlico Clean-up a huge success

    Pamlico Paddle 2021 launched with a clean-up of the areas surrounding Havens Garden in Washington on Oct. 17. Kayakers took to Runyon Creek to pull garbage out of the water, and many volunteers scoured the banks of the Pamlico, Runyon Creek and Jack’s Creek, picking up everything from plastic bottles to twin mattresses. The clean-up […]

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  • Pamlico Paddle: Day 4, Bath Creek to Pungo River

    Day 4 of the Pamlico Paddle was the longest, by far. Jill, Clay and First Mate Miller paddled nearly 20 miles from Plum Point, near the mouth of Bath Creek, to their next stop on the Pungo River. Conditions were pretty ideal for kayaking: sunny and warm, with a slight breeze out of the west […]

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