• Sound Rivers weighs in on public trust case

    Sound Rivers is lending its support to a court decision acknowledging the state can be held accountable for its obligation to protect lands, waters or resources. On behalf of Sound Rivers, the North Carolina Wildlife Federation and the North Carolina chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers, the Southern Environmental Law Center filed an amicus brief with the courts to […]

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  • WIN: Environmental Enhancement Grant to continue funding pollution solutions

    In a unanimous opinion, the North Carolina Supreme Court last week ruled in favor of Sound Rivers and the N.C. Coastal Federation to continue funding Environmental Enhancement Grant programs, as established by the 2000 Smithfield Agreement. It was the second time the N.C. Supreme Court has ruled in Sound Rivers’ favor. In 2016, Francis X. […]

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  • Outcry forces withdrawal of luxury-hotel-in-a-public-park plan

    The outcry against the sale and development of a public park on the Neuse River has shut the proposed project down. In an unexpected, but welcome, move this week, the group behind the plan to build a luxury hotel at Union Point Park in New Bern withdrew its proposal. On Feb. 8, New Bern’s Board […]

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  • Watch the trailer for “A Sound River”!

    We’re taking global issues to a local scale in “A Sound River,’ our new documentary about Sound Rivers and our 40-year fight for a basic right — clean water. RSVP here to the live, virtual premiere at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 30!  ‘A Sound River’ tells Sound Rivers’ story visually, from our founding by two […]

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  • Action Alert: stop Union Point Park sale for development

    Write your letter to the New Bern Mayor and Board of Aldermen here! We have serious concerns about a resolution passed at the Feb. 8 meeting of New Bern’s Board of Aldermen: “Consider adopting a resolution approving a memorandum of understanding with New Bern Historic, LLC.”  The resolution, which passed 4-3, essentially appears to be […]

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  • DEQ biogas permit public hearings announced

    DEQ announced public hearings for the opportunity to the public to comment on the draft biogas general permits. There will be three in person meetings and one virtual hearing. We continue to be engaged on the development of these general permits for biogas operations. While, to our knowledge, there have not been any proposed biogas […]

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  • Summer Swim Guide interns sought

    Sound Rivers is in search of a few good interns for this summer’s Swim Guide program. “We’re looking for somebody who’s interested in working with people, exploring nature and improving people’s understanding of water quality,” said Sound Rivers Environmental Projects Coordinator Clay Barber. The three paid internships offer opportunities in the lab and in the […]

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  • Beaufort County residents: open houses set for flooding priorities

    Last fall, Beaufort County and three municipalities — Aurora, Belhaven and Washington — asked for public input on issues, needs and opportunities related to flooding via a public survey. The next step is open houses to gather input on community priorities. The open houses are as follows: Beaufort County In-person: Thursday, Feb. 17, 4 – […]

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  • ICYMI: Tell Me About It Tuesdays with Dr. Barbara Doll

    If you missed the latest episode of Tell Me About It Tuesdays, no worries! You can watch it here! Tune in with N.C. State professor and North Carolina Sea Grant restoration specialist Dr. Barbara Doll as she talks about “Natural Systems — Improving Resilience to Coastal Riverine Flooding.”

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  • Trash Trout site picked for Lower Neuse

    Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Katy Hunt has been scouting sampling locations for an installation to de-trash local waterways, and aid in research. She found an ideal site at Lawson Creek, a tributary of the Trent and Neuse rivers. “This is the future site of our Trash Trout that will be collecting floating litter and preventing it […]

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  • Swale project transforming campus stormwater

    Nash Community College’s campus continues to be transformed with stormwater in mind. The latest project is the nearly completed restoration of swale that’s instrumental in steering water to the right place, at the right rate. So, what’s a swale? You might think of it as a ditch that’s shaped with certain ratios in mind to […]

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  • Riverkeeper keeping an eye on Aurora sewage issue

    Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell continues to keep up with the ongoing sewage spills in the town of Aurora. “The (Aurora) Department of Public Works is onboard and willing to fix the issues out there, but Aurora is a low-resource area, and there seem to be issues with its infrastructure,” Jill said. A concerned Aurora resident […]

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  • Environmental commission adopts permanent wetlands protections

    Millions of acres of North Carolina wetlands are now protected under permanent wetlands rules adopted by North Carolina’s Environmental Management Commission. Despite last-minute pressure from industry representatives, and an attempt to defer the decision to March, the EMC the permitting rules were adopted by an 8-6 vote. “We are grateful for those on the EMC […]

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  • Town of Clayton sets environmental example

    A new city council in the Town of Clayton has voted to bring back a steep-slope ordinance removed by previous, developer-friendly council, voting to provide the town’s residents with protections for their properties and waterways. Sediment pollution of our waterways is the number one issue we see across our region, and protection of steep slopes […]

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