• 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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  • 14th Annual Taste of Coastal Carolina

    Support Sound Rivers while tasting the best of Coastal Carolina! The 14th Annual Taste of Coastal Carolina will take place March 14th, 2017 from 6pm – 8pm at the Riverfront Convention Center in New Bern, NC. The event will feature flavors from a diverse array of local chefs in addition to great beer and wine. […]

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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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  • Duke Energy plans to leave toxic coal ash on banks of Neuse River

    Before he leaves office, NC Governor Pat McCrory may be leaving one last gift under the tree for his former employer Duke Energy. McCrory’s appointees at the Department of Environmental Quality are currently considering a permit application from the energy company that, if approved, would pave the way for Duke to leave as much as […]

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  • Blounts Creek Administrative Court Ruling Issued

    Administrative Court Judge Phil Berger issued a ruling on November 30th upholding the permit which would allow Martin Marietta Mining to discharge 12 million gallons of wastewater per day into Blounts Creek.  This ruling fails to protect the many interests which benefit from Blounts Creek, and completely ignores the standards of the Clean Water Act intended to […]

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  • Collaboratory’s War on Science?

    Collaboratory: NC’s new (cleverly funded) War on Science? Attacks on our state’s clean water protections took an interesting twist this summer. The General Assembly passed an annual budget with a unique provision included in the 209 page bill. This provision, sponsored by the Senate, supplied the University of North Carolina with $4.5 million dollars to […]

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  • Be a SepticSmart Homeowner

    One of the least studied forms of nutrient and bacteria pollution may be from septic tanks. Both the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico watersheds include a large number of homeowners with septic tanks. It’s currently estimated that about 60% of the Coastal North Carolina residences use septic systems. A properly maintained septic tank not only saves you […]

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  • Volunteer Spotlight Bill Hines

    by Travis Graves Bill Hines has been a volunteer with Sound Rivers longer than I can remember. I say that because Bill has been volunteering for the Neuse River Foundation and now Sound Rivers since before I even lived here. As a matter of fact, when I moved to New Bern, Bill was the first […]

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  • After the Flood

    After the Flood After the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew and the 500 year flood that followed, researchers are gathering data and assessing the current state of our waters. Early assessments estimate that North Carolina has suffered more than $1.5 billion in damage, with some areas receiving 20 inches of rain from the storm. Locally, […]

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  • Canoe Raffle Winner

    Joe Barlett of Blounts Creek was the lucky raffle winner of the one of a kind canoe/kayak built by local Washington resident Ed Rhine.  Ashley Vansant, President and Publisher of the Washington Daily News, selected the winning raffle ticket at 3PM at the Washington, NC Smoke on the Water event.  The raffle raised $10,000 for Sound Rivers […]

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  • Lab Analysis Detects Dangerous Metals From Duke Energy Coal Ash Spill

    WATERKEEPER ALLIANCE / SOUND RIVERS UPDATE LAB ANALYSIS DETECTS DANGEROUS METALS FROM DUKE ENERGY COAL ASH SPILL Contact Pete Harrison, Waterkeeper Alliance: pharrison@waterkeeper.org, 828-582-0422 Matthew Starr, Sound Rivers: upperneuserk@soundrivers.org, 919-961-2240 Update on lab results Scientists at Appalachian State University used a scanning electron microscope (SEM) to visualize samples of the spilled coal ash cenospheres, and […]

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