• 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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  • Case on Toxic Ammonia Emissions May Proceed

    From our Partners The Humane Society A North Carolina Federal Court ruled that an air pollution lawsuit involving a massive pig factory farm may proceed. The lawsuit against The Hanor Company of Wisconsin was brought by The Humane Society of the United States and Sound Rivers, Inc. and involves the factory farm’s refusal to report […]

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  • Clean Water Supports River Gems

    By Breanna Crowell, Stanback Intern Much like how we as humans have certain requirements for where we live, plant and animal species often need their homes to meet a variety of criteria in order to survive. Parts of the Tar-Pamlico and Neuse Rivers provide ideal habitat for some organisms that are extremeley rare, some not […]

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  • Kids River Fest Entertains 1200

    Families flocked to River Park North in Greenville on May 14th for Sound Rivers’ second annual Kids’ River Fest. The sun was shining on this late spring morning, while families filled the park. While some kids made a bee line for the kayaking station and the bounce house, others took a more leisurely approach and paused […]

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  • Legislative Update 2016

    Leaders in the state Senate included a special budget provision that would have repealed clean water standards that have been in place for two decades for the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico Rivers. The provision was based on false information that nutrient management rules have not worked.  Riparian buffers are one of the most important and cost […]

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  • Havelock Bypass to Impact Croatan Forest

    In December of 2015, the NC DOT finalized an environmental impact statement for the proposed Havelock Bypass for Route 70. Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Travis Graves, along with the Southern Environmental Law Center and Sierra Club, submitted comments and is closely evaluating this project. The project will impact more than 100 acres of wetlands and close […]

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  • Celebrate NC State Parks

    State Parks Celebrate Centennial By Liz Houde If you’re an adventurer seeking to explore the scenic state parks of North Carolina, you’ll be excited to know there’s now a way to keep track of those adventures. This year marks the centennial for NC State Parks and to celebrate, the State Parks have released a passport […]

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  • Help Preserve Critical Habitat

    Tips for Helping Preserve Critical Aquatic Habitats Around You! Plant native North Carolina species of plants in your yard. Not only do native plants require less water for survival, but this will prevent any spreading of non-native decorative plants to sensitive and important habitats like stream banks. The North Carolina Native Plant Society has an […]

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  • Take Action on Clean Water Rollbacks

    Take Action today for the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico Rivers and help us protect the River Living we all enjoy! Senate leaders have put the health of our waterways at risk. They have included a sneaky provision in the budget (not a place for policy) that would repeal the pollution control strategies for the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico Rivers. […]

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