• 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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  • Historic Flooding Leaving Large Human Health and Environmental Impact

    The staff at Sound Rivers have been personally impacted by the hurricane and our thoughts and concerns continue to be with community members, farmers, and others in the region that are suffering in the storm’s aftermath. A breach in the cooling ponds at the Duke Energy HF Lee facility in Goldsboro occurred last week and the […]

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  • 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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  • Save Blounts Creek Volunteer Crafts a Kayak-Canoe

    Ed Rhine has been a central player in the Save Blounts Creek community movement to prevent irreparable damage to Blounts Creek that would be caused if a wastewater discharge into the creek is allowed from a planned Martin Marietta Mine.  Now Ed has used his decades of woodworking skills and years of experience building beautiful wood strip […]

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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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