• 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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  • Sound-Rivers-RIVERKEEPER

    Job Opportunity: Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper

    We’re hiring for the position of Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper, which has a long tradition of clean water advocacy, protecting and preserving the health and viability of the Tar-Pamlico River. This position is based in our Washington, North Carolina office. Job objective The Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper develops, implements, oversees and reports on critical programs for Sound Rivers and our community […]

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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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  • 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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