• Sound Rivers shares commitment to racial equity

    February is Black History Month, a nationwide celebration lifting up the significant roles Black Americans have had in shaping U.S. history. In honor of Black History Month, Sound Rivers will be sharing weekly opportunities to learn more about how community activists have shaped environmental justice in eastern North Carolina — including right here at home, […]

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  • Catch up with the latest episode of Tell Me About it Tuesdays: Pollution Solutions

    Did you miss this week’s episode of Tell Me About Tuesdays? You can watch it here! Your Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell hosted East Carolina University engineering professor Dr. Randall Etheridge for “Pollution Solutions,” a look into the research in progress to keep Lake Mattamuskeet healthy. Lake Mattamuskeet is a renowned stopover point for migratory birds. […]

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  • Sound Rivers celebrates Black History Month

    February is Black History Month, a nationwide celebration lifting up the significant roles Black Americans have had in shaping U.S. history. In honor of Black History Month, Sound Rivers will be sharing weekly opportunities to learn more about how community activists have shaped environmental justice closer to home, starting with an NPR article exploring the […]

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  • New Havens Garden kayak launch launches in Washington

    Construction is ramping up for a new kayak launch at Havens Garden in Washington. The kayak launch will be adjacent to the boat ramp on Runyon Creek, and the first of three upcoming kayak launches intended to get people paddling the state’s paddle trails. The two other kayak launches will be located at Mason’s Landing […]

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  • Riverkeepers, residents speak out against biogas project

    Advocates and residents aired their concerns about a biogas project underway in Sampson and Duplin counties during a virtual public meeting held by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality on Jan. 26. You can take action by signing the petition asking Attorney General Josh Stein to enforce the terms of the Smithfield Agreement here. […]

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  • 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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  • ACTION ALERT: Tell Attorney General Stein to hold Smithfield accountable and require them to honor their commitment to do better to protect NC’s air, water and communities

    Sound Rivers is teaming up with conservation organizations and community groups across the state to urge North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein to take action against a biogas project that would harm our air, water and communities. The Grady Road Project by Align Renewable Natural Gas, a venture created by Smithfield Foods and Dominion Energy, […]

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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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