• Why I Give, with Cappelli Salon

    Why I Give, with Capelli Salon Lisa Smith-Gargaro is the woman behind Capelli Salon, and also a wonderful supporter of the work we do at Sound Rivers. Lisa has been a hair stylist for 36 years, and opened Capelli Salon 13 years ago in historic downtown Washington, NC. She was first introduced to Sound Rivers […]

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  • Hurricane Florence- After the Flood

    Hurricane Florence- After the Flood On September 13th, 2018 storm surge from Hurricane Florence began to affect the Eastern North Carolina region – pushing the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers above their banks and into towns, homes, and businesses. The storm continued to rage for days, at one point moving as slow as 2 miles per […]

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  • Resources for Eastern NC Residents Post-Florence

    If you are concerned about environmental contamination, please see the resources below. Information is provided for free area well testing, for those with private drinking water wells that may have been flooded. In addition, there are resources related to disposal of hazardous waste and large oil or gas containers that may have washed up. View […]

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  • High levels of arsenic found in Neuse River following H.F. Lee Coal Ash Spill

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 28, 2018 Contact: Matthew Starr, Upper Neuse Riverkeeper, upperneuserk@soundrivers.org , ( 919) 961-2240 Maia Raposo, Waterkeeper Alliance, mraposo@waterkeeper.org , (203) 824-2229 Donna Lisenby, Waterkeeper Alliance, dlisenby@waterkeeper.org , (828) 297-3777 Analysis Finds Toxic Levels of Arsenic in Neuse River Water Following H.F. Lee Coal Ash Spill Goldsboro, NC – Water sampling of […]

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  • Neuse Riverkeepers Highlight Pollution Threats from Hurricane Florence

    Lower Neuse Riverkeeper, Katy Langley spoke to Dan Charles from NPR on All Things Considered about the threat of hog waste pits flooding. In the days leading up to the storm’s arrival, industrial hog facilities  were documented spraying vast amounts of hog waste to lower levels in open waste pits. This was done in hopes to avoid waste […]

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  • Hurricane Florence to Cause Significant Storm Surge, Flooding

    Even though the projected storm track has shifted south, expected storm surge for our region could be significant. As of Thursday morning, NOAA forecasts a storm surge of 9-13 feet along the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers. Rainfall amounts are now projected to be 6-8 inches north of the Pamlico River, 8-10 in southern Beaufort County […]

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  • Action Alert: Urge NC To Update Clean Water Protections

    Our streams, lakes, rivers, and sounds are a major part of what makes North Carolina a special place to live, and right now is an important time to make sure that our waters are properly protected. Please send a letter by July 31st supporting strong standards to protect your right to swim, fish, and get […]

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  • NC General Assembly Protects Corporate Polluters Over People

    On Wednesday, June 27th, the NC General Assembly quickly voted to override the Governor’s veto of Senate Bill 711, the Farm Act; voting to protect the interest of corporations over the property rights and public heath of people. The bill, a re-write of state public nuisance laws,  essentially creates sacrifice zones around industrial hog operations […]

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  • Action Alert: Sustain Governor Cooper’s Veto

    On Monday Governor Cooper vetoed a bill (Senate Bill 711) that would give industrial hog corporations greater protections than the neighbors and waterways next to where they spray their waste. Your help is needed to sustain the veto! Under this new bill, the ability of adjacent property owners to protect their property and recover damages […]

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  • Groups file new legal claims on 540

    Press Release: June 25, 2018 Conservation Groups File New Claims against NCDOT, FHWA, NMFS over Deficient Reviews of $2.2 Billion 540 Toll Road RALEIGH, N.C – On behalf of Sound Rivers, the Center for Biological Diversity and Clean Air Carolina, the Southern Environmental Law Center filed a slew of new claims in their lawsuit challenging […]

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  • Fishing for Facts

    Fishing for Facts – June 14, 2018 Lawmakers pass NC Budget That Does Little for Water Resources Protection; Delays Falls Lake Cleanup Governor Cooper and NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) officials noted that the agency needed $14.5 million dollars allocated in this year’s budget to begin to deal with harmful contaminants, like the highly […]

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  • Guest Blog: Our Tar River Getaway

    26 May 2018 By Peggy Schaeffer  and Diane Bryson  Someone gave me a fridge magnet that shows a canoe with the message, Getting Away Works Wonders.  My vehicle of choice is a kayak, and May is a good month for paddling and camping in NC, so with the urging of my friend & fellow adventurer, […]

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  • Awardees recognized for work to protect rivers at annual meeting

    Efforts to protect the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico Rivers by volunteers, businesses and public officials were recognized on Thursday, May 31 at Sound Rivers annual meeting in New Bern. The evening included an overview of the state of Sound Rivers by Heather Deck, the executive director. The Neuse and Pamlico-Tar Riverkeepers provided brief updates on advocacy […]

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  • Widespread fraud uncovered in hog industry

    Waste Samples Falsified in Attempt to Dump more Pollution Than Law Allows An investigation by two state agencies revealed efforts to cook the books and mislead regulators about the content of 55 waste lagoons at 35 hog operations in eastern North Carolina. The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) released 8 of the 35 […]

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  • Action Alert: Urge Your U.S. Representative To Vote No On The Banks Amendment To Repeal The Clean Water Rule

    This is a radical amendment that would eliminate the safeguards under the Clean Water Rule for the waters that feed the drinking water of 117 million Americans. The Clean Water Rule protects small streams and other waters that serve as habitat for wildlife, reduce flooding risk, and naturally filter pollution in eastern North Carolina and […]

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