• NC governor protects local government options to address climate change

    Veto of H 220 Also Supports Government Transparency From Sierra Club RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper on Thursday vetoed H 220, “Choice of Energy Service,” which would prevent local governments from restricting fracked gas hookups, one of the tools available to them in the fight against climate change. The bill would block local governments from […]

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  • Riverkeeper spotlight: investigating Aurora spill report

    Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell has been out in the field investigating a report of a sewage spill in Aurora, very close to South Creek, over Thanksgiving. “I went out to take a look around last week, and collected two water samples in some of the marshy areas that drain into South Creek where a resident thought sewage had […]

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  • Port Terminal kayak launch in progress!

    Construction has started on a new boat ramp and kayak launch on the Tar River at Port Terminal in Greenville. The kayak launch is the last of three Sound Rivers’ kayak launch installations intended to get people paddling the Tar-Pamlico Water Trail. The launches at Havens Garden and Mason’s Landing were completed in March and […]

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  • Buy Locally from Sustainable Farmers

    As we approach the holiday, it’s a good time to think about where that turkey, pork, or beef comes from that will round out your celebratory meals. We are fortunate to live in North Carolina, where good soils, climate, and plentiful water have allowed livestock farmers to thrive for hundreds of years. Farming is tradition […]

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  • Speak up for the Neuse River and Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve!

    Take action: help protect the Neuse! As the Neuse River winds its way east with twists and turns, geologic formations in the Raleigh area has directed the Neuse into a unique horseshoe shape.  Aptly named, Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve sits within the river’s bend where a Natural Heritage Natural Area supports features rare in the […]

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  • A special message from Executive Director Heather Deck

    After Tuesday night’s premiere of Sound Rivers’ 40th-anniversary film, “A Sound River,” Executive Director Heather Deck has a special message for those who tuned in, Sound Rivers’ many supporters and volunteers, our partners and more! Watch the video below!

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  • Freshwater mussel gains endangered species act protection in North Carolina, Virginia

    From the Center for Biological Diversity ASHEVILLE — Following a petition and lawsuits by the Center for Biological Diversity, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed the Atlantic pigtoe freshwater mussel as threatened under the Endangered Species Act and designated 563 river miles of protected critical habitat in North Carolina and Virginia. Found on the […]

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  • NC Gov to sign budget that’s “mostly good” for environment

    North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said this week that he will sign the $25.9 billion 2021-22 budget into law. “I will sign this budget because, on balance, the good outweighs the bad,” Cooper said at a news conference. For Sound Rivers and our clean-water advocates, the good includes: Removal of harmful stormwater/buffer and wetlands provisions […]

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  • Watch Tell Me About It Tuesdays with Jess Hawkins!

    Did you miss the November Tell Me About It Tuesdays with Jess Hawkins? Never fear! You can watch it here!  Jess Hawkins talked about the major water quality and fisheries issues of the Pamlico-Tar River then and now. He grew up on the Pamlico and had a long career as a biologist, studying fisheries and […]

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  • Annual auction opens to bidders!

    Go to the auction HERE! Instead of a penciled-in bid, a click of the mouse will determine the winning bidders at Sound Rivers’ annual silent auction. We’ve gone virtual with out auction for a second year running. “Bidding for Clean Water” went live Friday morning (Nov. 5) and is open to the public. For the […]

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  • Lower Neuse Riverkeeper leads Falls Lake clean-up

    Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Katy Hunt made a trip to Raleigh last week to lead St. Francis Catholic Church’s service day and a much-needed clean-up! On a nice, fall day, nine volunteers joined Hunt in cleaning up Hippie Beach on Falls Lake in Raleigh. “It’s apparently been taken over by the ‘Glow Gang;’ some of the […]

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  • Washington/Beaufort County Resilient Coastal Communities surveys

    Severe weather events result in flooding and other storm-related effects and can cause widespread damage, displace residents, and restrict access and mobility, impacting the well-being of communities across eastern North Carolina. Climate change continues to amplify these risks, further threatening coastal development. Barriers, such as economic and capacity concerns, often hinder the actions needed to […]

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  • Become a Clean-Water Warrior today!

    The Neuse and Tar-Pamlico watersheds cover nearly a quarter of North Carolina — so where do you start? Here are four ways you can help today, tomorrow and for the foreseeable future! Tune in!Every week we send out eNews with updates about the issues facing your waterways, alerts for when action needs to be taken, […]

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  • SELC, Sound Rivers weigh in on Coastal Habitat Protection Plan

    The Southern Environmental Law Center, on behalf of Sound Rivers, Sound Rivers’ Riverkeepers and the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, weighed in last week on the 2021 Amendment to the North Carolina Coastal Habitat Protection Plan. “We applaud the authors of the amendment for providing a clear-eyed assessment of the challenges our coast faces, particularly regarding […]

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  • Celebrating the 25th anniversary of IBP win

    It was 1995, and the plan in motion would have put a hog processing plant in the small town of Kingsboro, outside Tarboro — an IBP slaughterhouse operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and would have brought tractor-trailer traffic rumbling through Rocky Mount and Tarboro at all hours of the day and […]

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