• Blounts Creek Court Date Set

    Blounts Creek Court Hearing Date set After a long wait, the court date for the evidentiary hearing will start on May 31, 2016. In April, 2015 Sound Rivers and the NC Coastal Federation, represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center,  appealed a decision by Administrative Law Judge Phil Berger, Jr. that would have allowed the […]

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  • Volunteer Spotlight Bob Hudkins

    Volunteer Spotlight  By Matt Butler, Environmental Projects Manager In this issue of Currents, the Sound River staff would like to recognize the effort of a long-time volunteer and member, Robert (Bob) Hudkins. Bob is a retired Science Teacher for the Nash-Rocky Mount Schools System where he taught Biology, Earth Science and Environmental Science for 32 […]

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  • It’s Accountability Season

    It’s Accountability Season: Our state’s changing laws and the impacts to clean water Unless you’ve completely checked out and tuned out all media outlets, our guess is that you know it’s an election year. It’s a time full of mailers, robocalls, political ads on internet, television and radio, and a time of boasting and criticizing. It […]

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  • Wayne County residents speak on Coal Ash

    Wayne County residents speak out on impacts from Coal Ash On Thursday, March 10th, community members in the Goldsboro area attended a public hearing and sought answers about the continued pollution of ground and surface water around the coal ash ponds on the banks of the Neuse River.  More than 20 people spoke on a […]

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  • Greetings from your Executive Director

    We All Have One Thing in Common Welcome by Harrison Marks, Executive Director Winter has turned to spring, and your Riverkeepers are spending more time on and along the rivers.  Throughout the winter, Riverkeepers continued to document contamination occurring from industrial animal operations, both hog and poultry, scattered across the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River basins.  Additional sampling […]

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  • Marines pitch in to clean up parks

    MCAS Single Soldiers Clean Up New Bern Parks By Travis Graves, Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Sixty soldiers from the Marine Air Control Group 28, Cherry Point, spent two days in January giving back to their adopted communities, cleaning up six parks in Craven County. Their efforts were part of the MCAS Single Soldier Program, led by […]

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  • Lakes worth visiting and protecting

    Lake Mattamuskeet and Falls Lake:  Worth Visiting and Protecting By Liz Houde, Education and Outreach Coordinator Lake Mattamuskeet The Tar-Pamlico River basin contains the state’s largest natural lake, Lake  Mattamuskeet. Located west of the North Carolina’s Outer Banks near the center of Hyde County, Lake Mattamuskeet contains  40,000 acres is 18 miles long and 6 […]

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  • Rose Acre Farms Operating without Permit

    Rose Acre Farms Operating Without a Permit A long-standing dispute between Rose Acre Farms and NC regulators just got more interesting in 2016. What seems like déjà vu, Rose Acre Farms, a massive egg laying facility located in Hyde County and within 1/2 mile of the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, has filed a petition […]

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  • Win for the Coast

    Win for the Coast Offshore Oil Drilling in Atlantic Banned In an unexpected reversal, the Obama administration abandoned plans to open up drilling for oil in the Atlantic. This decision came on the heels of increased pressure by eastern US coastal communities that opposed drilling. According to Oceana, 110 East Coast municipalities, as well as […]

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  • Kids River Fest

    Our popular Kids’ River Fest returns to Greenville River Park North. This year, we are also duplicating the free event in Kinston. Dedicated to protecting the Neuse and  Tar-Pamlico Rivers, Sound River hosts Kids’ Fest as an opportunity to explore and play in your watershed. Connect with your family and take a time to appreciate the […]

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  • HF Lee Coal Ash Ponds Public Meeting

    The NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold a public meeting in each county with a coal ash facility on the draft proposed classifications released Dec. 31, 2015. At each meeting, DEQ will explain the draft proposed classifications and receive comments from the public. NCDEQ is hosting this hearing to determine whether leaking, unlined coal ash […]

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  • Riverkeeper Cup Cleanup Challenge

    Join Sound Rivers volunteers in Louisburg, Rocky Mount, Tarboro, Greenville & Washington, NC to clean the Tar-Pamlico River! Last year Greenville won the RIVERKEEPER® Cup Cleanup Challenge, but in 2016 its anyone’s game! Will it be Washington, Rocky Mount, Greenville, or Louisburg? Come out to help clean and maybe YOUR city will win! Please bring your […]

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  • Tar-Pamlico Water Trail Expanding

    On January 11th, the Greenville City Council unanimously approved the construction of three new camping platforms along the Tar River. The new platforms will be constructed this year and will be located at River Park North, the Phill Carroll Nature Preserve and east of Port Terminal on Greenville Utilities property. The platforms are made possible with funding […]

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  • Fish Consumption Guide Completed for Triangle Area

    Our Upper Neuse Riverkeeper and Sound Rivers partnered with UNC School of Public Health to educate anglers about fish consumption advisories. Just this month UNC completed a wonderful brochure regarding fish consumption advisories for NC and specifically Lake Crabtree. The Lake was contaminated with dangerous levels of PCBs, originating from the Ward Transformer Company, now a […]

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  • 10th Annual Race for the River Kayakalon

    The area’s most unique sprint triathlon takes place within the scenic Goose Creek State Park, located along the banks of the Pamlico River. Participants begin the race with a 1.5 mile kayak paddle in the beautiful (but unpredictable) Pamlico River. The next leg includes a 15-mile bike ride on flat country roads. Racers head to […]

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