• Sound Rivers to Join Legal Challenge over FERC Pipeline Decision

    Sound Rivers is joining with 11 other conservation groups from Virginia and North Carolina to challenge the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s decision to permit the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.  The groups are represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center. “Sound Rivers chose to challenge the pipeline in the courts due to the fact that this unnecessary […]

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  • Sound Rivers Continues Legal Battle to Protect Blounts Creek

    Sound Rivers and Blounts Creek community members are back to the courts to defend a recent legal win. In late December, a state court vacated a state permit that would have allowed a proposed Martin Marietta Materials limestone mine to discharge millions of gallons of wastewater a day into Blounts Creek, a popular fishing creek […]

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  • Swift Creek Week

    Swift Creek Week is a unique opportunity for citizens to learn about watersheds and where drinking water originates, all while having fun and protecting natural resources. The City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department, Sound Rivers, River Guardian Foundation, and Wake Soil & Water Conservation District will sponsor Swift Creek Week 2018; in conjunction with several […]

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  • Sound Rivers partners with Cycle NC

    We Need: Housing for Cycle North Carolina Participants You Get: A great way to benefit Sound Rivers and our community! Sound Rivers has been given a unique opportunity to partner with Cycle NC to provide local housing for participants in the Cycle North Carolina 15th Annual Coastal Ride. Cycle NC has agreed to partner with […]

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  • Court rules to vacate mine permit- Protecting Blounts Creek

    Breaking News: Blounts Creek Saved from Flooding with Mine Wastewater by Court Order North Carolina Court Vacates State Permit A state court late last week vacated a state permit that would have allowed a proposed Martin Marietta mine to discharge millions of gallons of wastewater a day into a popular fishing creek in eastern North […]

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  • Milburnie Dam Removal

    by Matthew Starr This year is a milestone for the Neuse River. For the first time in over 100 years the Neuse River is free flowing for its more than  200 mile journey to the Pamlico Sound. The Milburnie Dam, which sits on the Neuse just outside of Raleigh, has come down and the river […]

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  • Upper Tar River Facts and Figures

    The Tar-Pamlico River has two ecologically distinct regions within the same river, the “Upper Tar” and “Lower Tar-Pamlico”. That dividing line is near Washington, NC where the river transitions from freshwater to brackish water and subsequently changes names from the Tar River to the Pamlico River. This 180 mile river begins in Person, Granville, and […]

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  • River Voices

    by Heather Deck As I look ahead to 2018, I am excited about what is to come. While our rivers face tremendous challenges due to the actions of those currently in positions of power and authority, I am inspired by the response from our members and communities. It will take all our voices in the […]

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  • Water Spotlight- The Upper Tar River

    By Matt Butler, We live in a bigger  and better world, but when it comes to the streams and tributaries of the upper Tar River, small matters. Less than an hour from the most bustling, urban environs of the Raleigh-Durham area flows a small stream of rare beauty and purity, a place where canopies of […]

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  • Court orders evaluation of Murphy Brown Hog Operations Identified as Threats to Groundwater

    Court Orders Evaluation of Murphy-Brown Hog Operations Identified as Threats to Groundwater Conservation Groups Seek Cleanup of Murphy Brown’s Pollution in 3 Eastern NC River Basins Chapel Hill, N.C. –Yesterday, a federal court agreed with conservation groups represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center and ordered that industrial hog producer Murphy-Brown comply with a 2006 […]

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  • Sound Rivers takes legal action against FERC on Atlantic Coast Pipeline

    Groups Take Legal Action Against FERC on Atlantic Coast Pipeline Press Release, 11/13/17 Sound Rivers joined a coalition of affected landowners and conservation groups this week and filed a request for rehearing, urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reconsider its approval of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a massive interstate gas pipeline that would transport fracked […]

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  • Hurricane Irma

    Our team at Sound Rivers is ready and prepared to provide you with important information about river levels and potential contamination / spill concerns if Hurricane Irma impacts North Carolina. Fortunately, even after the rain event on September 6th, river levels are at or below normal. Information will be posted on facebook and twitter at […]

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  • Breaking News: Industry backs away from Garbage Juice technology

    Breaking News Yesterday, Republic Services, a leading waste management industry, issued a public statement  and pulled its support for waste aerosolization technology. Additionally, our Upper Neuse Riverkeeper learned that Charah, a company that specializes in coal ash landfills including the controversial Brickhaven site in Chatham county, also pulled their support for the technology in an email sent […]

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  • Heather Deck Named New Executive Director

    We are pleased to announce that Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper and Deputy Director, Heather Deck, will be taking on the role of Executive Director for Sound Rivers on September 1st! As you may remember, current Executive Director Harrison Marks announced his upcoming retirement this past June. Heather has spent the last 14 years as the organization’s Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper, and […]

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  • Riverkeepers ask North Carolina to Deny Atlantic Coast Pipeline Permit

    Today, Sound Rivers’ three Riverkeepers sent a letter to North Carolina officials requesting the state deny the Water Quality Certification requested by the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) is an interstate natural gas transmission pipeline in Virginia and North Carolina. If constructed, the ACP will be owned, constructed and maintained by […]

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