• A first win in Franklin County

    The company petitioning to turn a sand mine on the banks of the Tar River into an asphalt and cement plant has pulled its application to rezone the land. Wade Moore Equipment, based out of Maryland, retracted an application to rezone nearly 190 acres from Light Industrial/Conservation District to Heavy Industrial after a public hearing […]

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  • Take Action: Demand clean technology by hog industry

    Industry giants, Dominion Energy and Smithfield Foods, want to ignore longtime promises to adopt clean technology to protect communities from the harmful impacts of industrial swine operations. Instead, they plan to capture, transport and sell methane produced by hog waste at 19 concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) through what is called a “directed biogas” project. […]

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  • BCCC and Sound Rivers start construction on new wetlands

    Beaufort County Community College and Sound Rivers broke ground on August 24 on a new wetland on BCCC’s campus to help clean and slow stormwater. The two institutions have partnered since 2017 to study ways to slow and clean the water coming off its rooftops and parking lots during heavy rainstorms. As part of its […]

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  • NC AG and DEQ Announce Legal Action Against Clean Water Act Rollbacks

    On April 21, the Environmental Protection Agency finalized rules that greatly weakens clean water and wetland protections. On Friday, May 1st, our state took a strong step to protect our communities. North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein and NC DEQ announced Friday that they will join with other states in a lawsuit challenging the EPA’s recent […]

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  • NC Attorney General Funds Sound Rivers Campus Stormwater Program

    In a press release this week, Attorney General Josh Stein announced Environmental Enhancement Grant (EEG) awards for environmental projects across the region. Sound Rivers has been awarded $100,000 to install best management practices on Wayne and Nash Community College campuses in partnership with NC State University The Attorney General noted, “This project will prevent and […]

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  • Upcoming Events Postponed: Clean Water Work Continues

    Sound Rivers has made the difficult decision to postpone all events scheduled until April 6th. We will continue to monitor the situation and heed advice from the North Carolina’s Department of Health regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. In the meantime, we will work to keep you updated with ways to be involved remotely. As new information is […]

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  • Take Action: Ask Governor Cooper to Fight for Clean Water

    Last month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released devastating rollbacks to water protections in the Clean Water Act. As this opinion piece in the New York Times notes, just the name change from “Waters of the United States Rule” to “Navigable Waters Protection Rule” indicates how catastrophic this will be for wetlands and small streams […]

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  • Sound Rivers joins lawsuit over loss of clean water protections

    Conservation groups filed a formal notice of intent to sue the Trump administration today for eliminating longstanding Clean Water Act protections for the nation’s waters, including approximately half of all wetlands and potentially millions of miles of streams. The new rule allows polluters to pave over wetlands and to dump pesticides, mining waste, and other pollutants […]

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  • Now Hiring Summer Interns

    Sound Rivers is seeking a full-time intern who will work with a Riverkeeper coordinating volunteers, and collecting and analyzing water quality samples for the summer of 2020. This experience is an excellent opportunity for a public health, chemistry, biology, or environmental science student who wants to demonstrate skills in leadership and project management with measurable […]

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  • EPA Announces rule that attacks clean water protections

    Despite opposition from thousands of North Carolina residents, and strong  comments opposing the weakening changes by NC Attorney General Josh Stein and NC Department of Environmental Quality Secretary Michael Regan, EPA announced today a final rule that guts long-established clean water protections.  As noted by our partners, the Southern Environmental Law Center in a release […]

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  • NC Settlement Results in Largest Coal Ash Cleanup in America

    A settlement agreement with Duke Energy was announced on January 2, 2020 that puts into place a comprehensive cleanup plan for all Duke Energy’s coal ash sites in North Carolina. The announcement came from our partners at the Southern Environmental Law Center, who reached the agreement on behalf of Sound Rivers and Appalachian Voices, Stokes […]

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  • A Riverkeeper’s Dedication: Protecting the Environment In and Out of the River

    By S. Wayne Miles, P.E., Stormwater Program Manager for the City of Raleigh Matthew Starr, Upper Neuse Riverkeeper with Sound Rivers, has served on the City of Raleigh’s Stormwater Management Advisory Commission for six years with the last three as chair to the Commission. During this time, Matthew has been instrumental in carrying out many […]

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  • Updates on Impacts from Hurricane Dorian

    12PM September 6, 2019 Update Hurricane Dorian is finally moving away from the North Carolina coast. Major impacts occurred this morning on Ocracoke from Pamlico Sound side storm surge.  Overall, storm surge for inland areas, such as Washington and New Bern, were less than what was predicted. NC DEQ is advising to avoid contact with […]

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  • Blounts Creek Community Members Attend NC Court of Appeals Hearing

    Over twenty community members from Blounts Creek traveled to Raleigh on Wednesday, May 22nd to hear oral arguments on the long standing case of Sound Rivers vs. NC Department of Environmental Quality and Martin Marietta Materials. In late December 2017, a state court vacated a permit that would have allowed a proposed Martin Marietta Materials […]

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  • Help Stop the Dumping of Arsenic Into the Neuse

    The fight to protect the Neuse River from coal ash pollution is not over and we need your help. The ask is simple: NCDEQ needs to hold a public hearing in Goldsboro, so that the public can give testimony on the proposed HF Lee wastewater discharge permit. This permit will lead to further pollution of […]

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