• Riverkeeper Spotlight: Care of Creation

    Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell paid a visit to St. James Episcopal Church in Belhaven last week as part of the church’s Care of Creation covenant, “a commitment to practice loving formation, liberating advocacy and life-giving conversation as individuals, congregations, ministries and dioceses.” Invited for dinner and the program, Jill spoke about her work as Riverkeeper […]

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  • Women’s History Month Spotlight: Vivian Lucas

    By Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell For anyone who has ever been to the Franklinton Center at Bricks, it’s likely you were greeted with a “Welcome home!” from Vivian Lucas. I’ve only met Vivian in person a handful of times, but she is the type of person you feel as though you have known forever. Her […]

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  • Sound Rivers’ wades in with Publix clean-up

    Sound Rivers’ field technician Will Shingleton hosted New Bern Publix employees for a riverside clean-up this week. Ten volunteers signed up for the annual project, sweeping the banks of Lawson Creek Park for trash. The results: 11 large bags of trash and nine tires, fished from the woods and creek. Will said the Publix volunteers […]

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  • Riverkeeper, field technician take to the skies

    Sound Rivers’ field technician Will Shingleton got a lesson in aerial surveillance of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) this week with Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell. This week’s flight was over a portion of the Neuse River basin from Contentnea Creek near Hookerton out to New Bern. “We use aerial surveillance to be able to better […]

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  • Port Terminal kayak launch now open for launching!

    A new kayak launch is now available to ease paddlers’ way into the Tar River. The ADA-accessible kayak launch at the Port Terminal boat launch in Greenville was completed just in time for warmer weather. “It’s coming up on peak paddle and boating season, and Port Terminal is a notoriously busy boat ramp for boat […]

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  • ACTION ALERT: Biogas draft permit needs to protect people, environment

    The biogas plans proposed in North Carolina do not fix the existing waste management problems and will make them worse by cementing in place an outdated, harmful system. It’s public comment time — and your time to tell North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality to put people before pollution. Find out more about the issue, […]

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  • “Is It Safe to Swim?” 2021 report

    Your Riverkeepers work hard to make sure it is safe to swim in our state’s waters. Every summer, we work with Riverkeepers across the state to evaluate E. coli levels in waterways to help inform communities in the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico watersheds about the safety of recreational contact with waters. Bacteria are everywhere in the […]

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  • EMC pushing for statewide water-quality standard

    North Carolina is finally changing the way it tests for fecal bacteria contamination in recreational waters. Last week, the North Carolina Environmental Management Commission pressed the North Carolina Division of Water Resources to make a plan to adopt a statewide E. coli standard by the end of 2023, a move Riverkeepers have been pushing for […]

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  • Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper seeks, finds endangered species

    Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell recently went out in the field to seek out the elusive, and endangered, Neuse River Waterdog. She accompanied N.C. State University PhD candidate Eric Teitsworth and a field tech to track down this large salamander on a creek  in Pitt County. The Neuse River Waterdog, an aquatic salamander found only in […]

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  • Finding the Blue Way

    Environmental Projects Coordinator Clay Barber got out on the water this week as part of the Blue Economy Corridor project research. Organized by the Blue Economy Corridor project head Dr. Emily Yeager, Yeager, fellow East Carolina University professor Dr. Beth Bee, undergraduate assistants assisting with the project, Anjalee and Taylor, joined Clay and Knee Deep […]

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  • ICYMI: Watch “The Blue Economy Corridor” with Dr. Emily Yeager

    If you missed the latest episode of Tell Me About It Tuesdays, Sound Rivers’ virtual science series, you can watch it here! East Carolina University’s Dr. Emily Yeager talks about her work on The Blue Economy Corridor, an asset-mapping project of communities along the river, from Rocky Mount to Washington. The Blue Economy Corridor will […]

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  • Lab RATS get a water-quality education

    Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell visited the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Greenville last week to introduce children in the Lab RATS (Research and Advancements in Science and Technology) to the role of Riverkeeper. “I talked about what we do at Sound Rivers, some of the pollution issues facing the Tar-Pamlico watershed, and what […]

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  • DEQ issues notice of violation to trawler owner in Oriental

    The owner of the fishing trawler Chasity Brook has been issued a Notice of Violation from North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality. An NOV from the Division of Water Resources is pending. The vessel came to the attention of Oriental police on Feb. 14, as crews were spotted grinding paint from […]

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  • Paint chips covering Oriental Harbor prompt investigation

    Sound Rivers and multiple state agencies are investigating what has been an ongoing issue of paint removal from vessels while they are still in the water. Last week, reports of a crew grinding paint from a fishing vessel and paint chips covering surface water of Oriental Harbor brought on the investigation. “This is a clear […]

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  • Trash Trout volunteers needed!

    We need your help! In April, Sound Rivers will be installing trash trouts on Jack’s Creek in Washington and at Lawson Creek in New Bern. Trash Trouts are passive litter traps that will float on the surface of the creeks, are attached to the banks, and capture all the floating trash before it ends up […]

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