Awardees recognized for work to protect rivers at annual meeting

Efforts to protect the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico Rivers by volunteers, businesses and public officials were recognized on Thursday, May 31 at Sound Rivers annual meeting in New Bern. The evening included an overview of the state of Sound Rivers by Heather Deck, the executive director. The Neuse and Pamlico-Tar Riverkeepers provided brief updates on advocacy issues and wins from 2017, including the successful legal effort to Save Blounts Creek.  Matt Butler, program director highlighted the numerous restoration projects underway as well as the launch of the Swim Guide prog

Volunteer of the Year, Marcos Siler, presented by Katy Langley, Lower Neuse Riverkeeper

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Annual awards were presented to outstanding volunteers, elected officials, businesses and longtime supporters. Those who will received awards at the Annual Meeting included:

Volunteer of the Year Awards

New Village Brewery Owners, Frank and Lili Bacon, receive award from Bill Hines, Sound Rivers member and volunteer

This award, selected and presented by the Sound Rivers staff, goes to the outstanding volunteer within each of the three Riverkeeper areas for the past year.

Upper Neuse Riverkeeper Volunteers of the Year 2017: Jake Thurmond and Jason Harriman, Raleigh, NC

Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Volunteer of the Year 2017: Marcos Siler, New Bern, NC

Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Volunteer of the Year 2017: Grace Lekson, Washington, NC

River Friendly Businesses

Awarded to recognize active support for Sound Rivers mission protecting the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico by community businesses.

 Restoration Systems- Raleigh, NC;
The New Village Brewery & Taproom, Oriental, NC
Inland Waterway Provision Company- Oriental, NC
Uptown Brewing Company, Greenville, NC

2017 Public Official Conservation Awards

Senator Woodard receives award from Executive Director, Heather Deck

Awarded to public officials or representatives within Neuse or Tar-Pamlico watershed for actions taken to protect and support our rivers and natural resources.

Senator Mike Woodard, Durham, NC
Representative Jean Farmer-Butterfield,Wilson, NC

2017 Blue Heron Award Winners:

This award is given in recognition of long term contributions to the protection of the Neuse and/or Tar-Pamlico and/or to the success of the Sound Rivers and its predecessor organizations.

Natalie Baggett, New Bern, NC

David Emmerling, Greenville, NC

Lynne Davenport, and Holly Willis