• Follow us: We’re merging our Facebook accounts!

    If you follow us on Facebook, you might know that Sound Rivers has four accounts: Sound Rivers, Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper, Lower Neuse Riverkeeper and Upper Neuse Riverkeeper. As we shift and continue to grow, it only makes sense to consolidate, rather than sharing the same information across all four accounts. We want you to like (and […]

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  • New Bern canal gets Trash-Trout-ed

    Sound Rivers’ staff and volunteers installed the second of three litter traps on Duffyfield Canal, at Beaufort Street, in New Bern this week. The Trash Trout is designed to rise and fall with water levels and collect trash flowing downstream, keeping it, in this case, from entering Jack Smith Creek, a tributary of the Neuse […]

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  • Jack’s Creek Trash Trout gets first clean-out

    The Trash Trout installed on Jack’s Creek in Washington got its first clean-out and auditing last Thursday. Led by Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell, volunteers Carl Crozier, Sound Rivers’ board member Betsy Hester, Bill and Sara Hanafin, Mike Sagaser, Christina Marshen and Dawn Dolson, three bags of trash and three glass bottles were retrieved from the […]

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  • We’re looking for Falls Lake, Lower Neuse Swim Guide volunteers!

    We’ve got a few spots left to fill in our Swim Guide volunteer roster! Swim Guide is still going strong in its fifth year at Sound Rivers, and as we add more recreational sites to our ever-growing list, we need more assistance in fulfilling this really important public service letting people know where it’s safe […]

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  • Cooper proposes $18 million for swine buyout program

    North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s proposed 2022-23 budget calls for allocating $18 million to the swine buyout program — a program Sound Rivers fully supports. Created in 1999 after several hurricanes caused massive flooding, breeched hog lagoons and drowned hundreds of livestock in southeastern North Carolina, the swine buyout program is designed to reduce pollution […]

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  • Riverkeeper Spotlight: County board says no to proposed subdivision near open hog lagoon

    It’s a WIN in Johnston County! This week, Neuse Riverkeeper Sam Krop attended a public hearing to speak to the Johnston County Planning Board about a proposal to build a subdivision on the site of an old hog CAFO where an open hog-waste lagoon remains. The operation was open until the mid-1990s, but closed after […]

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  • Sound Rivers welcomes 2022 summer interns

    We’re giving a warm welcome to this summer’s water-quality interns — Maddie, Megan and Maia — who arrived this week and dove right in to Sound Rivers’ Swim Guide program. The three will be instrumental in running the summer-long program, sampling, coordinating and meeting up with volunteers, testing samples and recording and sharing data. In […]

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  • We’re Seeking Swim Guide Volunteers!

    We’re in the fifth year of Swim Guide, our weekly recreational water-quality testing program that lets everyone know where it’s safe to swim all summer long. We’ve got a list of volunteers already signed up, but we’ve got a few more locations open of the 54 locations we’re testing throughout the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico river […]

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  • Tell Me About It Tuesdays’ latest episode is here!

    Did you miss this week’s episode of Tell Me About It Tuesdays? You can watch it here! Listen in as Dr. Stephen Moysey, director of East Carolina University’s Water Resources Center, talks about ENC Coastlines and People, a five-year research project to identify resiliency needs for communities in eastern NC on the local level.  

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  • COMING SOON! We’re launching a 5th season of Swim Guide!

    Preparation for a fifth season of Swim Guide is in full swing at Sound Rivers! Sound Rivers’ interns, who will be coordinating the program under Environmental Projects Coordinator Clay Barber, start next week and will get a full introduction to volunteer coordinating, sampling and testing those samples for the presence of E. coli. With more […]

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  • Sound Rivers bids a fond farewell to Will Shingleton

    Sound Rivers’ field technician Will Shingleton moves on this week to a career in environmental health. The spring 2022 East Carolina University graduate has been with Sound Rivers since signing on as an intern in the spring of 2021. More recently, Will has been working as a field technician and has been instrumental in collecting […]

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  • Americorps position with Sound Rivers now open

    Sound Rivers has an Americorps position open! Americorps is hiring a stormwater education coordinator to work with Sound Rivers from Sept. 1, 2022 to July 31, 2023. Learn about compensation and benefits, job responsibilities, qualifications, eligibility requirements and how to apply HERE. Background about the new position: Sound Rivers campus stormwater initiative is designed to […]

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  • Trash Trout approved for New Bern

    **update! The location has been changed to Jack Smith Creek. New Bern’s Board of Aldermen approved the installation of a Sound Rivers’ Trash Trout on Lawson Creek. Sound Rivers Executive Director Heather Deck appeared before the board on Monday night to talk about the installation of the second of three Trash Trouts in the Neuse […]

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  • Swine Floodplain Buyout Program PSA

    Why is funding the Swine Floodplain Buyout Program so important? Watch this short PSA starring Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell to find out!

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  • Memorial clean-up a resounding success

    The Tar River in Oxford was saved from a dumpster-full of trash, thanks to the efforts of volunteers and organizers of the Marshall Floyd Memorial Cleanup held April 30. Sound Rivers’ Executive Director Heather Deck was on hand last Saturday to help organize the event, along with members of the Granville County Environmental Affairs Committee. […]

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