• Swim Guide launch this week!

    Swim Guide returns with Memorial Day weekend and summer days ahead! Sound Rivers is launching a fourth year of the public service alerting people to where it’s safe to swim in local waterways, from the Raleigh-Durham area to the Pamlico Sound. “For those contemplating getting out on the water, it gives them confidence to participate […]

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  • About Swim Guide: all you need to know for safe swimming this summer!

    No one should ever have to swim in unsafe waters. But how can you tell if your local stream, river or lake is safe?  Swim Guide is a resource for North Carolina’s water lovers informed by water sampling by local waterkeeper organizations across the state, including Sound Rivers. From beaches to lakes to rivers, the […]

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  • Adopt a Swim Guide site this summer!

    Do you love the Summer Swim Guide Program that keeps you in the know about the quality of the water you’re swimming, boating and fishing in? You can have an impact on this program by “adopting” your favorite site! Your $25 adoption gift helps us cover the cost of sampling materials throughout the summer and […]

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  • 2014 NC law prevents transparency in water-quality investigation

    Extremely elevated E. coli levels found last week in a stream near Deep Run in Lenoir County are not going away. But the lack of transparency in what DEQ can and cannot legally share about its investigation into the matter is a source of frustration, as well as a matter of public safety, according to […]

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  • 2021 Swim Guide interns on the job!

    Sound Rivers’ Swim Guide program is gearing up for its launch Memorial Day weekend with our interns arriving at our Washington, New Bern and Raleigh offices. After an intense two weeks of training, they’ll be responsible for coordinating and training our Swim Guide volunteers, testing water samples and relaying results via text, email, press releases […]

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  • Algal bloom season is here

    We are heading into algal-bloom season, and some early ones have been spotted on local waterways. If you encounter water that looks scummy, discolored or has a bad odor, keep yourselves and your pets out of it — some algal blooms can produce toxins that can be harmful (and cause fish kills). While the heavy […]

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  • Riverkeeper: extremely elevated levels of E. Coli found in Lenoir Co. stream

    Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Katy Hunt found elevated levels of E. coli in a stream near Deep Run, in Lenoir County, this week, a fact that may be attributable to a hog operation upstream. The site, located on Sandy Foundation Road near two industrial hog operations, is one the Riverkeeper monitors regularly. On Tuesday, there was […]

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  • NC Senator: biogas provision “Lipstick on a pig”

    Yesterday, Senate Bill 605 – North Carolina Farm Act of 2021 passed the N.C. Senate. We don’t see this as good news because the Farm Act includes a bad biogas provision that would require a general permit for biogas projects on hog operations. We’d like to thank Sen. Julie Mayfield for standing up and speaking […]

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  • ICYMI: Tell Me About It Tuesdays, Sea Level Rise – watch it here!

    If you missed the latest live installment of Tell Me About It Tuesdays, don’t worry! You can watch it here! Sound Rivers’ monthly virtual science series continued on May 11 with host Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell and Justine Neville, a PhD candidate in forestry and environmental resources at N.C. State University, who  discussed how saltwater […]

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  • Upper Neuse Riverkeeper in the Swim Guide spotlight

    “… There’s hope, and not only hope, there’s also a path forward. A clean river is not something that is unattainable. It’s not like you have to choose between a vibrant economy and a healthy environment. These things go hand-in-hand, and when one improves, the other improves.”  — Upper Neuse Riverkeeper Matthew Starr Upper Neuse […]

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  • Sound Rivers staff take kids on an educational journey

    Sound Rivers Environmental Projects Coordinator Clay Barber and Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell took middle-school children on an environmental journey this week at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Greenville/Contentnea. They started their presentation with their own Tour de Tar journey — a 10-day kayaking adventure down the Tar River in October 2020. “We […]

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  • Blounts Creek case moving forward

    Last week, Sound Rivers’ attorneys with Southern Environmental Law Center learned the request by the mining company Martin Marietta for the North Carolina Supreme Court to review the lower court’s decision on “persons aggrieved” — whether Sound Rivers and our members have legal standing — was granted. Opening briefs are due in early June. The […]

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  • ICYMI: Watch the Climate Change Roundtable here!

    Sound Rivers’ Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell joined North Carolina Rep. Julie von Haefen, Rep. Zack Hawkins and Rep. Ricky Hurtado, along with presenters NC Sierra Club, Environment NC and NC League of Conservation Voters, for a Wednesday night roundtable on climate change and protecting our environment. If you missed it, you can watch the recording […]

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  • Earth Day Cleanup nets half a ton of trash

    The Earth Day cleanup on the Tar River in Greenville brought out over 75 people who picked up more than half a ton of trash from the land and water. Sound Rivers partnered in the first large-scale cleanup of the year with East Carolina University’s The Coastal Society, Pirates on the Water and Water Resources […]

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  • Sound Rivers joins Earth Day press conference introducing new legislation

    RALEIGH — Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell was on hand at an Earth Day press conference at the state capital, where legislation demanding environmental protections and investments in renewable energy was introduced. On April 22, Howell joined members of the North Carolina General Assembly, Rep. Julie von Haefen (HD 36) and Rep. Graig Meyer (HD 50), […]

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