• Sound Rivers part of a bright, BlueFuture

    A big “Thank you!” goes to West Marine manager Shane Boutchyard for facilitating a $2,000 BlueFuture grant to Sound Rivers! West Marine’s BlueFuture grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations dedicated to getting more kids on the water through boating, fishing, paddling and marine science. During December 2020, West Marines nationwide held donation drives, in which […]

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  • How to host your own spring cleanup!

    Cleanups are a positive way to maintain and enjoy our North Carolina watersheds whether on the water in a kayak, or on land along the shore or ditches. The following provides specific information on the details of conducting cleanups with our organization — details you can use to host your own! We can help you […]

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  • Watch this week’s episode of Tell Me About It Tuesdays!

    Did you miss this month’s episode of Tell Me About It Tuesdays? No worries! You can it watch it here! Sit in with Upper Neuse Riverkeeper Matthew Starr and Eliza Lawdley, farm manager of the Williamson Preserve in Wake County, as they discuss all the great work going on at Triangle Land Conservancy’s first public […]

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  • Consumer Alert: Aquarium Moss Balls May Contain Invasive Zebra Mussels

    From North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has created an informational webpage dedicated to what to do if you have purchased aquatic moss balls in the past month. DESTROY! DON’T DUMP! Zebra mussels have been CONFIRMED in moss balls sold at retailers in North Carolina, including PetSmart and Petco. If you have purchased […]

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  • Sound Rivers highlighted in Washington Magazine

    Sound Rivers has a long history of advocacy, education and effort to keep our waters swimmable, fishable and drinkable – 40 years, in fact. From our earliest days operating as two separate organizations With the same goal (Neuse River Foundation and Pamlico-Tar River Foundation) to our merger in 2015, this feature in the Washington Magazine […]

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    Storymapping our watershed project is underway

    A project mapping pollution hazards to the Neuse and Pamlico-Tar River basins and the communities affected is underway, thanks to the work of a Sound Rivers intern and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill’s EcoStudio. “This will be a very useful tool for Sound Rivers, so people can very clearly see through the maps, through […]

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  • Take a tour of the new kayak launch at Havens Garden

    Spring is making its way to eastern North Carolina, and warmer weather means more people will be out kayaking and paddleboarding the local waterways. A new kayak launch at Havens Garden in Washington will ease their way onto the water and the Pamlico-Tar Water Trail. The launch has been years in the planning, a partnership […]

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  • Black History Month: Bobby Jones Q&A about community activism

    February is Black History Month, a nationwide celebration lifting up the significant roles Black Americans have had in shaping U.S. history. In honor of Black History Month, Sound Rivers is sharing weekly opportunities to learn more about how community activists have shaped, and are shaping, environmental justice in eastern North Carolina. This week, we’re lifting […]

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  • Riverkeeper dives in to help city head off storms

    The City of New Bern is leading the way in hurricane resiliency for coastal Carolina towns. The City sponsored a two-day virtual conference this week, inviting stakeholders from the broader community to pitch in on what a hazard mitigation plan looks like. “They invited people from all over, whether they’re government officials or from nonprofits, […]

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  • Construction begins on Havens Garden kayak launch

    Construction has started on a new kayak launch at Havens Garden in Washington. The kayak launch is being built on Runyon Creek and is the first of three upcoming kayak launch installations intended to get people paddling the Tar-Pamlico Water Trail. “The goal is increase access to the trail with these launches,” said Clay Barber, […]

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  • Blounts Creek battle wages on … slowly

    Awaiting a date to be heard by the North Carolina Supreme Court, Sound Rivers remains dedicated to protecting the popular fishing creek. “It’s still before the North Carolina Supreme Court. It has not been calendared, and we don’t know when that is going to happen,” said Heather Deck, executive director of Sound Rivers. “But our […]

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  • Riverkeepers launch statewide microplastics monitoring project

    Sound Rivers’ Riverkeepers launched a new program this week to identify what types of microplastics can be found in local waterways. “A lot of this project is about information or research-gathering. We know there’s a ton of plastic pollution in the environment — we see it all the time, in terms of trash in the […]

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  • Black History Month: lifting up those working for environmental justice

    February is Black History Month, a nationwide celebration lifting up the significant roles Black Americans have had in shaping U.S. history. In honor of Black History Month, Sound Rivers is sharing weekly opportunities to learn more about how community activists have shaped environmental justice in eastern North Carolina. This week, we’re lifting up some of […]

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  • Foundation extends summer intern applications

    The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation has extended its deadline for 35 paid internships at North Carolina nonprofits for the summer of 2021, and Sound Rivers is one of the participating nonprofits. Originally set for Feb. 15, the deadline has been extended to Feb. 22. All applications must be sent to the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation […]

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  • Unanimous vote denies Kittrell landfill  

    The Vance County Board of Adjustment voted unanimously Thursday night to deny a conditional-use permit for a land clearing inert debris landfill in Kittrell. “In the grand scheme of environmental issues, a LCID landfill in Vance County does not make major headlines, but this is a huge win for the residents of Egypt Mountain Road. […]

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