• ACTION ALERT: Support clean-water funding in North Carolina

    North Carolina legislators have a chance to improve our state’s water quality. We’re asking you to take action to ask our legislators to protect your water quality further with these easy 2021 budget inclusions. Please take time to contact your legislators NOW. It’s easy, we have a letter ready for you to personalize here!   The […]

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  • Sound Rivers staff take kids on an educational journey

    Sound Rivers Environmental Projects Coordinator Clay Barber and Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell took middle-school children on an environmental journey this week at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Greenville/Contentnea. They started their presentation with their own Tour de Tar journey — a 10-day kayaking adventure down the Tar River in October 2020. “We […]

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  • Blounts Creek case moving forward

    Last week, Sound Rivers’ attorneys with Southern Environmental Law Center learned the request by the mining company Martin Marietta for the North Carolina Supreme Court to review the lower court’s decision on “persons aggrieved” — whether Sound Rivers and our members have legal standing — was granted. Opening briefs are due in early June. The […]

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  • ICYMI: Watch the Climate Change Roundtable here!

    Sound Rivers’ Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell joined North Carolina Rep. Julie von Haefen, Rep. Zack Hawkins and Rep. Ricky Hurtado, along with presenters NC Sierra Club, Environment NC and NC League of Conservation Voters, for a Wednesday night roundtable on climate change and protecting our environment. If you missed it, you can watch the recording […]

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  • Earth Day Cleanup nets half a ton of trash

    The Earth Day cleanup on the Tar River in Greenville brought out over 75 people who picked up more than half a ton of trash from the land and water. Sound Rivers partnered in the first large-scale cleanup of the year with East Carolina University’s The Coastal Society, Pirates on the Water and Water Resources […]

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  • Sound Rivers joins Earth Day press conference introducing new legislation

    RALEIGH — Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell was on hand at an Earth Day press conference at the state capital, where legislation demanding environmental protections and investments in renewable energy was introduced. On April 22, Howell joined members of the North Carolina General Assembly, Rep. Julie von Haefen (HD 36) and Rep. Graig Meyer (HD 50), […]

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  • Publix celebrates Earth Day with Sound Rivers

    Publix in New Bern partnered with Sound Rivers’ Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Katy Hunt to clean up Lawson Park as their way of celebrating of Earth Day. Six Publix employees turned out on April 22 and picked up a whopping 140 pounds of trash collected on or near the water at Lawson Park in New Bern. […]

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  • Sound Rivers teaming up to clean up the Tar — and you can too!

    Sound Rivers is teaming up with partners and the public to clear trash from local waterways this weekend. Sunday at 10 a.m., volunteers will gather at the Town Common boat ramp in Greenville and hop aboard a fleet of kayaks and canoes to paddle down the Tar River to Port Terminal. Armed with gloves, grabbers […]

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  • Storm-driven Pollution on the Neuse: Watch it here!

    If you missed the live broadcast of our latest installment of Tell Me About It Tuesdays, you can watch it here! Sit in with your Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Katy Hunt and Chris Osburn, associate professor of Marine Sciences at N.C. State University, discussing the sources of nutrient pollution on the Neuse River. And don’t forget […]

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  • Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Katy Hunt talks microplastics

    Did you miss Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Katy Hunt’s Facebook Live about microplastics sampling? In it, she talks about how Sound Rivers’ Riverkeepers are taking part in a two-year-long statewide study, along with 15 other Riverkeepers, to determine how much microplastic is in our waterways and what can be done about it. Learn about the sampling […]

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  • Sound Rivers signs on to biogas statement outlining concerns

    “There is no dispute that the existing waste management system via lagoons and spray fields harms our water, air and health. The biogas plans proposed in North Carolina do not fix these waste management issues and in some ways may make the problem much worse. We stand with local community members who have been harmed […]

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  • Action Alert: NCDEQ seeking comments on temporary wetlands rules

    NCDEQ SEEKS  COMMENTS FOR TEMPORARY WETLANDS RULES In April 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a new rule eliminating federal oversight for millions of acres of wetlands and small streams. The Southern Environmental Law Center has estimated the rule resulted in a loss of federal protections for roughly […]

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  • Take action: Tar-Pamlico River Basin Flood Risk Management Study

    Flood-risk management feasibility study meetings are going on now, and you can share your communities’ needs to determine what actions should be taken to reduce the risk for decades to come.  See the fact sheet below for Sound Rivers’ recommendations. Read more about the study HERE. Email your comments until April 23, subject line “Tar […]

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  • Flooding study: make your voice heard for Tar-Pamlico

    Communities within the Tar-Pamlico River Basin, North Carolina have a long history of flooding during major rainfall and hurricane events. That’s why the Army Corps of Engineers is launching a feasibility study for the Tar-Pamlico River Basin to figure out how to reduce flood risks and increase resiliency, then recommend combinations of structural (i.e. levees), […]

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  • Kayak launch officially open for business in Washington

    It’s official! The new kayak launch is open for business at Havens Gardens in Washington! Thanks to the partnership with the City of Washington, the first kayaker – Harlan MacKendrick – was officially launched after a ribbon-cutting ceremony held March 12.  At 101 years old, Harlan still loves to kayak on the Pamlico, accompanied by […]

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