• Action Alert: Sustain Governor Cooper’s Veto and Stop Eminent Domain to Oil Companies

    This week, Governor Cooper vetoed Senate Bill 16. Senate Bill 16 was passed by the legislature during the early August “Special Session.”  The bill deletes just four words from an existing North Carolina law, “originating in North Carolina”. Deleting these four words will give oil pipelines eminent domain authority in our state for pipelines that originate outside of North […]

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  • Tell NC to reject the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

    We need to act fast! The proposed 600-mile fracked gas Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) is on its way to being built – unless we all work together to stop this unnecessary and economically and environmentally devastating project. This pipeline project proposed by Dominion Resources and Duke Energy would carry gas from the Marcellus Shale field in […]

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  • Harmful algal blooms to be more extreme in the future

    A recent peer review study released by a team of researches concludes that harmful algal blooms that pose a risk to human health are projected to increase due to the effects of climate change. The team,  which included Hans Paerl, Ph.D. of the UNC Marine Institute, developed a model that predicts a large increase in harmful algal […]

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  • Salty Pamlico provides home for sea creatures

    Local reports of jellyfish flooded in after the weekend of July 29th for many locations along the Pamlico River. The reports indicated that both sea nettles and ctenophores (comb jellies) were found in the mainstem of the Pamlico upstream to Washington Park as well as the mouths of many tributaries. The reports also included South […]

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  • Atlantic Coast Pipeline Public Hearings on State Water Quality Permit

    The North Carolina Division of Water Quality announced this month they will be holding two public hearings regarding the 401 Water Quality permit for impacts associated with the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. This permit is required for the impact to almost 500 acres of wetlands and many miles of streams. Impacts to the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico […]

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  • Fishing for Facts – 6/29/2017

    Fishing for Facts – June 29, 2017 Final days push….bad legislation moving fast. The word on the street is that the Senate will look to adjourn the session by tomorrow. With only 48 hours or less to go, the general assembly is in high gear moving legislation very quickly. This typically bodes very badly for […]

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  • Water Trail Education and Outreach AmeriCorps Coordinator

    Sound Rivers is searching for an AmeriCorps* Volunteer!  We are accepting applications for a Water Trail Education and Outreach Coordinator.  This person will oversee the expanded use of the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico Water Trails, and use the trails to engage and involve the public in the awareness and protection of our waterways.  The Coordinator will work […]

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  • Fishing for Facts- 4-27-2017

    Fishing For Facts- April 27, 2017 Delays in Falls Lake protections, loss of streamside buffers and ….garbage juice!? The NC legislature reconvened on April 19th after a short Easter Break and bills have been moving at breakneck speed through committees to meet the self imposed “crossover-deadline.” This is the  deadline set that requires bills to […]

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  • President signs Dirty Water Order

    Tuesday, President Trump signed an executive order that is intended to weaken the Clean Water Act, a major federal law that has protected our Nation’s water since 1972. The executive order, already dubbed the “Dirty Water Order,” directed Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and others to take a series of actions, long […]

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  • Dead in the Water

    Dead in the Water: Environmental Enforcement in North Carolina  is the first comprehensive report on that details the work of Riverkeepers across North Carolina. This state has a proud history of environmental protection. However, 2016 was a year of vast devastation and increased pollution, from storms, the burgeoning hog and chicken industries, coal ash and other […]

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  • Climate Change and Impacts to our Rivers

    by Travis Graves, Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Climate science reports to the public are generally big-picture stories centered on the rising temperatures of our oceans, and how increases in temperature are driving sea level rise and extreme weather events to become more frequent and of greater impact. But, there is another side of the coin that […]

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  • Petition filed to protect Blounts Creek

    On December 28th, attorneys from the Southern Environmental Law Center filed an appeal of a lower court decision that would allow Martin Marietta Materials to discharge 12 million gallons per day of wastewater into Blounts Creek. This appeal was filed in Carteret County Superior Court on behalf of Sound Rivers and the NC Coastal Federation. […]

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  • State would allow Duke Energy to dump large amounts of arsenic into Neuse River daily

    Public Hearing Comments from your Upper Neuse Riverkeeper- December 15, 2016 NC Dept of Environmental Quality Public Hearing – Duke Energy Wastewater permit for coal ash pits Good evening, my name is Matthew Starr and I am your Upper Neuse Riverkeeper for Sound Rivers. We are 3000 member non-profit organization whose mission is to protect […]

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  • Help your Riverkeepers Take Action Today

    Legislative Power Grab  and Anti-Environmental Bill Troubling! Your efforts over the past years to protect our rivers have been remarkable. After the election, I had a glimmer of hope that a new incoming Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Secretary would restore science and integrity to this agency and eliminate the polluter first mindset. However, what is happening […]

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  • Water Trail suffers only minor flood damage

    The Tar-Pamlico Water Trail survived Hurricane Matthew and the extreme flooding that occurred in it’s aftermath.  There is some minor damage including some steps lost, a picnic table moved into the woods, and screen damage, but in total it could have been much worse.  We do however need your help to repair the damage and […]

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