• Summer Haven fish kill reported

    Another fish kill on the Pamlico River was reported Friday afternoon, closely following a Labor Day fish kill on the south side of the Pamlico, from Durham Creek to Blounts Bay. This one is located at Summer Haven, on the north side of the river just west of Broad Creek, and includes dead spot, flounder […]

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  • 9,000-gallon sewage spill in the Town of Smithfield

    SMITHFIELD – Johnston County Public Utilities reported a 9,000-gallon sewage spill in the Town of Smithfield, according to the Johnston County Report. The spill occurred Tuesday in the 100 block of Peedin Road. The untreated wastewater discharged into Buffalo Creek in the Neuse River Basin. The discharge was a result of a blockage in the […]

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  • TMAT: Watch The Future of Farming here!

    Did you miss the season launch of Tell Me About It Tuesdays? In this first fall episode, former Upper Neuse Riverkeeper Matthew Starr talks about his current work in regenerative agriculture — increasing crop yields by way of natural means, as opposed to pesticides and fertilizers that harm both soil and water. Learn about this […]

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  • Riverkeeper, environmental projects coordinator to take part in grand opening of new Greenville museum

    The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Greenville will host its grand opening and Science Expo on Saturday. Longtime Sound Rivers’ partner A Time For Science has teamed up with NCMNS to create this new, downtown Greenville museum. A ribbon cutting will officially open the museum at 10 a.m., followed by festivities throughout the […]

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  • Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper: Legislators must seal the deal on flood prevention, mitigation

    This week in 2018, a category 1 Hurricane Florence made landfall just south of Wrightsville Beach. In the days that followed, Florence became one of the most devastating hurricanes on the North Carolina record. Florence delivered up to 30 inches of rain in many places; freshwater flooding due to the torrential rain led to hundreds […]

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  • Swim Guide sampling bottles to find new life — as art

    Not all facilities can easily recycle some kinds of plastic, and that’s how Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell found a place to repurpose plastic containers used in Sound Rivers’ water sampling. “We do — especially during the summer — a lot of bacteria sampling, and all the bottles are one-time use because they’re sealed, and they’re […]

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  • Thank you to our Swim Guide volunteers!

    We want to give a huge “THANK YOU!“ to the sponsors and many volunteers who made the 2021 Swim Guide season a success! We could not do it without your support, your dedication of time and energy and your passion for our waterways. Look for our end-of-year report soon! ( … and see you next […]

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  • Oyster Roast 2021 canceled

    We are deeply saddened to share with you the news that Sound Rivers’ staff and board, after consulting with local health officials, have made the very difficult decision to cancel the Oyster Roast this year. We are hopeful that the threat presented by COVID-19 will continue to lessen, however the information we have currently has […]

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  • NCDEQ warns swimmers to stay out of blue-green water on the Pamlico

    From North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality RALEIGH – N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, Division of Water Resources, advises the public to avoid contact with green or blue water in the Pamlico River due to an algal bloom and related fish kill that has lingered in the area since August 30, 2021. The bloom has been observed […]

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  • Federal judge strikes down ‘Dirty Water Rule’

    There IS good news! On Monday, a federal judge struck down a Trump administration rule — known as the “Dirty Water Rule” — that significantly reduced protections under the Clean Water Act! The U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona judge said the rule was “too flawed to keep in place.” Read more about […]

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  • Million-gallon spill: 4 years later, not much has changed

    On Labor Day weekend of 2017, a hog waste spill at Lanier Farms in Jones County resulted in the largest civil penalty North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality had issued in at least six years — $64,000. The state stepped in, as did Smithfield Foods, when the international corporation yanked its hogs from the farm […]

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  • Algal bloom explodes on southside Pamlico

    A major algal bloom on the south side of the Pamlico River, from Durham Creek west to likely Blounts Bay, was reported Wednesday. The river is described as being “florescent green,” which is a sure sign of a problem. By Thursday morning, it was worse, as reports of hundreds of dead fish in Durham Creek […]

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  • Sound Rivers ED weighs in at environmental justice advisory board meeting

    The Farm Act of 2021 was on the agenda of Monday’s meeting of the North Carolina Environmental Justice Advisory Board, specifically, its provision that installation of biogas digesters over hog waste lagoons be permitted under a general N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) permit. Sound Rivers Executive Director Heather Deck attended to support the EJAB’s […]

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  • 40th-anniversary documentary spotlight: Bobby Jones

    Bobby Jones, founder of Down East Coal Ash Environmental and Social Justice Coalition, talks about how what we expect from our elected officials does not coincide with what we get. Filmmaker Rain Bennett sat down for an interview with Jones this spring, during the filming of Sound Rivers’ 40th-anniversary documentary.  

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  • Riverkeeper Spotlight: Lower Neuse Riverkeeper advocating, educating and monitoring

    Your Upper Neuse Riverkeeper Katy Hunt has been out in the field over the last few weeks, promoting Sound Rivers’ core mission: educating the public, monitoring the waterways and advocating for the health of, and the communities on, your rivers! First, Katy met with the Kinston Rotary Club to talk about the issues facing the […]

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