• New Bern Trash Trout gets first clean-out!

    The New Bern Trash Trout got its first clean-out last week, when Sound Rivers’ staff scientist Katy Hunt and water-quality intern Maddie Garrison teamed up to wade into Duffyfield Canal. The 360 pieces of trash they pulled from the litter trap — including two soccer balls and a fishing pole — filled up one full […]

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  • 2022-23 Budget draft nixes swine buyout program

    When the North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper released his budget in May, Sound Rivers was excited to see the inclusion of $18 million in funding for the voluntary swine buyout program. The current draft budget in the legislature does not include any funding for the buyout program. “This is a missed opportunity to provide funding […]

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  • RIVERKEEPER: Biogas permit a disappointment

    In the 2021 Farm Act, the North Carolina legislature directed North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality to develop general permits for anaerobic digesters installed at swine, wet poultry and dairy operations by July 1, 2022. Last week, DEQ issued the final general permit for swine CAFOs seeking to install anerobic digesters for biogas production. “With the issuance […]

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  • Riverkeepers join national PFAS project

    Sound Rivers is chipping in to a nationwide monitoring project to investigate exactly how prevalent PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) are in American waterways. Known as “forever chemicals,” PFAS have been linked to harmful effects to public health and the environment. Waterkeeper Alliance and Cyclopure are partnering to gain more understanding of these chemicals that […]

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  • New microscopes help identify bacteria

    Waterkeepers Carolina recently provided OMAX microscopes to Riverkeepers across North Carolina to help them identify bacteria in local waters. Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop put Sound Rivers’ new microscope (with digital camera) to immediate use after a kayak outing at Robertson Mill Pond over the holiday weekend. While exploring Wake County’s only cypress swamp, Sam ran […]

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  • Waterkeepers Carolina conference 2022

    Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop and Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell joined fellow North Carolina Riverkeepers this week in Charlotte for the Waterkeepers Carolina conference. After a day of discussion about advocacy and issues affecting NC rivers, Riverkeepers headed out on kayaks  to explore (and take a dip in) the Catawba River.

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  • Mystery solved: mussels are non-invasive

    Recently, a woman who lives on the Neuse reached out to Sound Rivers regarding the appearance of a lot of mussels in the river over the past two summers — she was concerned they are an invasive species. Sound Rivers reached out to the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, who then hooked us up […]

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  • SCOTUS ruling a setback for clean water

    Friday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on an EPA case could ultimately limit the agency’s ability to do its job to address climate change. Read about the decision in this New York Times article. Sound Rivers staff is extremely disappointed in decision. Sound Rivers’ Executive Director Heather Deck “This is deeply, deeply troubling — we need […]

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  • Algal bloom season is here

    Summer means hot days, backyard barbecues and days spent on the river. For us at Sound Rivers, though, it can mean algal blooms. Drought conditions across eastern North Carolina through much of winter and spring can mean higher concentration of nutrients enter the waterways through runoff when it does rain. Algal blooms result from too many […]

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  • Trash Trout gets a second clean-out

    The Jack’s Creek Trash Trout in Washington got its second clean-out this week. On Wednesday, volunteers joined Lower Neuse water-quality intern Megan Long and Tar-Pamlico intern Maddie Garrison to remove trash from the litter trap, then audit what it had trapped since its last clean-out on May 20. This outing’s trash tally included: Plast­­ic film: […]

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  • Success: KCI cleanup on the Neuse

    Sound Rivers gives a big shout-out to Raleigh-based mitigation firm KCI for organizing a service-day cleanup on the Neuse River last Friday. We hooked them up with pickers from the Walnut Creek Wetlands Center, and they provided the effort for ridding the Neuse of trash! Reach out to us if you’d like to host your […]

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  • Havelock SSOs still on Sound Rivers’ radar

    A history of sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) in Havelock has led Sound Rivers’ Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop to make some suggestions as the town’s original deal with the state to get the issues fixed has expired and a new one is set to take its place. “While important steps have been taken to address the […]

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  • Construction cause of Durham creek sedimentation

    A Durham creek is turning bright orange after rain events, a phenomenon which can likely be attributed to one or more of the 11 construction sites surrounding it. Concerned residents recently reached out to Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop to see what can be done about the excessive runoff into Lick Creek. The creek — which […]

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  • Riverkeepers: A week well-spent in the nation’s capital

    Last week, Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell and Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop joined Waterkeepers from all over the world for the biennial Waterkeeper Alliance conference. More than 350 Riverkeeper programs in more than 45 countries belong to Waterkeeper Alliance. This year’s conference started with a “Day of Action” and a visit to Capitol Hill, addressing water-quality […]

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  • Investigation: Poole Road

    Last week, our Swim Guide results turned up off-the-chart E. coli results at the Poole Road site in Knightdale. When Sound Rivers Program Director Clay Barber took samples from the site last Thursday, he said he “experienced a weird smell and saw an unnatural looking discharge from across the river, right in front of a […]

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