In the field: Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell

Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell’s “out in the field” over the last couple of weeks encompasses land, air and water.

East Carolina University professors Charlie Humphreys and Guy Iverson met Howell and Sound Rivers’ water-quality intern Will Shingleton on the banks of Jack’s Creek in Washington last week to install data loggers and collect water samples from the creek. The work is part of our ongoing assessment of the Jack’s Creek watershed, which includes water-sample analysis for bacteria and nutrients, and now stream flow/water level.

Howell was also in the air last week, as she and water-quality intern Leah Tilson took a flight to get an aerial view of concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) in the rural landscape surrounding New Bern; and on the water, investigating the Pamlico River fish kill and getting out on the Tar River to film some drone footage for the upcoming Sound Rivers’ documentary!

Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell and professors Charlie Humphreys and Guy Iverson study the flow of Jack’s Creek.

Leah Tilson takes in CAFOs, and their proximity to water, from above.

Heavy rains over the last few weeks have left flooded fields surrounding this Craven County CAFO.

Water-quality intern Nathalie Uriarte-Ayala gives the thumbs up on a bumpy ride.

Howell and her trusty sidekick, Miller, on their way to investigate a fish kill on the Pamlico River.

Howell on the Tar River during filming of the Sound Rivers’ documentary.