• Exploring River Parks

    By Liz Houde Now that the weather is getting cooler, we hope you’ll get out on trips to explore the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico watersheds. There is so much to see and you can’t use the summertime excuse that it’s too hot to be outdoorsy and adventurous. This issue we are highlighting a state park in […]

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  • Big Sweep Canceled

    Due to the predicted weather and continued uncertainty surrounding Hurricane Matthew’s path, our fall Big Sweep cleanup events have been canceled. Instead we are asking everyone to “Do What You Can, When You Can!” And get a chance at winning a gift certificate to a Washington restaurant. By doing this, we are encouraging people to take […]

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  • Volunteer Positions Available

    Do you have time, treasure and talents to share? Volunteering has shown to make people 42% happier. Our staff would love to add you to the team.  Current positions listed below. Have other talents you’d like to share than what is listed below? No problem, just fill out our volunteer application and let us know […]

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  • Construction to Begin on Greenville Tar River Camping Platforms

    Sound Rivers is excited to announce that construction will begin on the first of three camping platforms in Greenville in September.  The Tar-Pamlico Water Trail currently touts eight overnight camping platforms along the river from Bunn to Blounts Creek.  Three platforms will be added as part of the Tar River Legacy Plan in Greenville. The […]

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  • Too Much of a Good Thing

    Folks who follow the health of the Lower Neuse basin and the Neuse estuary are no strangers to fish kills. Looking back to the mid 1990’s, fish kills on the Neuse dominated environmental news locally and even garnered attention nationally. Hundreds of millions of fish were dying, and scientists, activists, and regulators alike were scrambling […]

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  • Why the Pamlico River Turned Green

    Call it a perfect storm. Three important variables led to a river more green than anyone has seen in decades; some say even as far back as the 1930’s. 1) A very wet winter and spring.  This winter and spring saw above average rainfall that resulted in two important river conditions that led to this […]

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  • Pamlico River Patrol Report

    Water quality conditions in the Pamlico River and its tributaries appear to be improving. On July 22nd, Sound Rivers staff noted extensive algal blooms in numerous creeks and along parts of the Pamlico River. In addition, swimming advisories were issued for Goose Creek (near Dinah’s Landing) and Pantego Creek due to high levels of bacteria. […]

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  • Animal Industry Misleads Public

    Science versus Hype The industrial swine and poultry industries are once again misleading the North Carolina public about the impacts that their facilities have on our waterways. Recently, NC Farm Families, an industry-supported interest group, published a video using a mapping project developed by Environmental Working Group, Waterkeeper Alliance and North Carolina Riverkeepers. The mapping […]

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  • Loose on the Neuse 2016

    On Saturday, July 23rd more than 100 people joined our Upper Neuse Riverkeeper and braved 100+ degree heat index to cleanup the Neuse River from Milburnie Dam to Anderson Point Park. Through the generous donation of canoes from Frog Hollow Outdoors and Paddle Creek, volunteers both young and old paddled this lovely stretch of the river just outside of Raleigh. […]

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  • Youth Kayaking Program in Full Swing

    As summer temperatures soar, people often turn their thoughts to water; water to keep them hydrated and water to play in to keep them cool.  This summer, Sound Rivers is helping kids think about water from a different perspective, and teaching kids the science behind the water around them and where it flows. This summer, […]

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  • Keep your family safe from algal blooms

    The greater than normal rainfall this year, coupled with extreme heat, is leading to poor water quality conditions in both the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers and main tributaries.  A fish kill has been reported in Blounts Bay, Beaufort County on July 18th and Bath Creek is suffering from a extensive algal bloom (yes, that is […]

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  • Clean Water at Risk

    Regulatory “Reform” Train keeps on a Rollin’ Generational progress for clean water at risk  To “reform,” according to Merriam-Webster.com, is “to improve (someone or something) by removing or correcting faults, problems, etc.” When this definition is applied to regulatory reform efforts coming out of the General Assembly in recent years, it prompts two important questions: For […]

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  • Volunteer Goes Above and Beyond

    Volunteer Spotlight: Paul Michell By Matthew Starr, Upper Neuse Riverkeeper It’s not every day that you come across someone like Paul Michell, and it’s hard to put into words how much he means to me and our mission to protect the Neuse River. Paul is one of those unique individuals who will give 110% and […]

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  • State Gives Rose Acre Farm Permit Pass

    DEQ Flips Switch, Gives in to Industry Demands After holding the line for 12 years, the McCrory appointed leadership at NC Department of Environmental Quality gave in to Rose Acres corporate demands and industry led political pressure by allowing the company to operate under a state permit. The non-discharge permit awarded to Rose Acre on May […]

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  • Animal Map Improves Transparency – Public Right to Know

    New Animal Waste Map Improves Transparency In a big win for transparency, NC Riverkeepers, Waterkeeper Alliance and the Environmental Working Group released a map in late June that for the first time allows the public to see where all industrial animal operations and waste pits are located. Animal agriculture operations are one of the leading […]

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