• Neuse River Rising paddle: Day 2

    Day 2 AM: Your Neuse Riverkeeper Sam Krop talks development, sediment, and erosion in front of a small tributary of the Neuse in Johnston County. EVENING UPDATE, DAY 2: We just ended our second day of the Neuse River Rising paddle at Richardson Bridge wildlife boat ramp, where we pulled out of the water on […]

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  • Neuse River Rising paddle: Day 3

    Day 3 was not spent on the Neuse. Instead, Jill, Sam and Emily took a break from the river due to the stormy conditions brought about by Hurricane Ian. They’ll be back on a very different Neuse River tomorrow! But here’s what they had to say about today’s off day: Day 3: We spent our […]

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  • Neuse River Rising paddle: Day 4

    Day 4: your Riverkeepers are back on the water with #FirstMateMiller and #AdventurePupCharlie. First stop was at Duke Energy’s HF Lee plant in Goldsboro, site of an environmental disaster after Hurricane Florence in 2018. Listen to Neuse Riverkeeper Sam Krop talk about the coal ash spill that prompted the state to force Duke Energy to […]

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  • Neuse River Rising paddle: Day 5

    DAY 5: MORNING UPDATE DAY 5: AFTERNOON UPDATE PFAS, or forever chemicals, are human made compounds that are found in things like non-stick pans, waterproof clothing, and firefighting foam. They last for extremely long periods of time — so once they enter our waterways they don’t go away — and are harmful to people’s health. […]

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  • Neuse River Rising paddle: Day 6

    DAY 6: MORNING UPDATE! DAY 6: AFTERNOON UPDATE Samantha talks about the geology of the Neuse River while floating next to the Cliffs of the Neuse State Park. Day 6 on the river started out cool and windy. We woke to light rain that had been coming down all night, misting our tents and boats […]

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  • Neuse River Rising paddle: Day 7

    DAY 7: MORNING UPDATE! Jill and Samantha talking about the warm welcome from Seven Springs! MID-DAY UPDATE Jill describes the importance of the state’s swine buyout program and its impact on the future health of the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico Rivers Day seven on the Neuse River was a dream. We woke up in the sleepy […]

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  • Neuse River Rising paddle: Day 8

    DAY 8: MID-DAY UPDATE The crew is paddling into Kinston today and they have a friend joining them today: Kelsey Curtis, owner of Knee Deep Adventures, an outfitter located in Greenville. Day number eight on the water was the shortest day in miles that we had to travel on the river, but on that morning […]

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  • Neuse River Rising paddle: Day 9

    DAY 9: MORNING UPDATE! DAY 9: MID-DAY UPDATE AT CONTENTNEA CREEK Day nine on the river took us downstream of Kinston through 24 miles of swampy backwaters. The river was moving much more slowly than days before—a sign that the floodwaters from hurricane Ian have passed through. Water levels began to drop precipitously midway through […]

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  • Neuse River Rising paddle: Day 10

    DAY 10: MORNING UPDATE! Yesterday was a loooong day! Day 10: Our last full day of the #NeuseRiverRising paddle was lazy and hot. The sun burnt bright overhead as we pulled onto the river, and we were all lathered in sunscreen and wearing what we could do shield ourselves from its rays. We intentionally started […]

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  • Neuse River Rising paddle: Day 11

    Day 11: EARLY MORNING UPDATE! THAT’S A WRAP! Strong north winds shortened the final day by a few miles. The crew put safety first and avoided strong wind and waves on the Neuse as it widened at New Bern; ending at Glenburnie Park. Thank you all for following along! Our epic 11 day, roughly 150 […]

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  • Neuse River Rising

    One-hundred, fifty miles of the Neuse River in 11 days — that’s what Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop and Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell and Oregon’s Rogue Riverkeeper Emily Bowes (as well as #FirstMateMiller and #AdventurePupCharlie) embarked on! The kayakers launched from Smithfield Town Commons on Sept. 28 with a final destination of Glenburnie, near New Bern. […]

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  • ‘Publix Serves’ up Trash Trout litter

    Employees of the New Bern Publix descended upon Duffyfield Canal last week to clean out the Trash Trout. The event was part of Publix Serves, an annual service day for employees, and the second year the grocery store has partnered with Sound Rivers. Last year, a clean-up was held on the banks of the Trent […]

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  • Exploris School students get Riverkeeping intro

    Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop introduced middle-school students to the world of Riverkeepers during a presentation this week at The Exploris School in Raleigh. Located in downtown Raleigh for more than 20 years, The Exploris School is a diverse learning community that engages students through community partnerships and experiential, project-based learning built around four core pillars: […]

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  • ‘A Neuse Night Out’ a smashing success!

    The Old Theater was awash in Neuse River-lovers last Saturday for “A Neuse Night Out” in Oriental. First up was screening of “A Sound River,” Sound Rivers’ 40th-anniversary short film, followed by a Q&A with Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop and Sound Rivers’ Staff Scientist Katy Hunt. “It was a good turnout, and the Q&A was […]

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  • Riverkeepers reveal investigation behind Legacy Biogas spill

    Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell and Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop sat down this week with Wendy Card, editor-in-chief of New Bern Now, to talk about the White Oak Farms/Legacy Biogas spill in Wayne County. Listen in as they reveal how they discovered the spill, the investigation that followed and the many questions remaining about transparency and […]

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