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Kinston gets a trash trap!

Environmental, Litter-Free Rivers, Neuse River Watershed, Sound Rivers, Water Quality

Posted on August 10th, 2023

Partners and supporters take a photo with the newest trash trap, now installed on Adkin Branch in Kinston.

A crowd of city officials, staff, supporters and well-wishers came out for the installation of Sound Rivers’ fourth trash trap to be installed, this time on Adkin Branch in Kinston.

Kinston Mayor Dontario Hardy, Public Services Director Steve Miller, Mother Earth Brewing founder Trent Mooring, Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop, Sound Rivers Executive Director Heather Deck and Lincoln City Rising representative LaVerne McAllister spoke to the assembled crowd, each sharing how the trash trap contributes to a better Kinston, and communities downriver from Kinston, and their dedication to environmental stewardship.

Sound Rivers Volunteer Coordinator Emily Fritz wrapped up the speaking-segment of the festivities with a request for volunteers to help monitor and clean out the trash trap.

Sound Rivers Program Director Clay Barber and Kinston Public Services employees carried the trash trap — the first one made by board member Walker Knox’s company Mid-Atlantic Fabrication & Finishing — down to Adkin Branch before handing it off to waders-clad volunteers in the creek, including members of Lincoln City Rising, Mother Earth Brewing Vice President Matthew Hart and Sam.

See more of the event in the media at Neuse News and WITN.

The installation of this trap was supported by funding from the Mother Earth Foundation, Winston Family Foundation and Grady-White Boats.

Sound Rivers Program Director Clay Barber talks with longtime volunteer Bob Griffin before the installation.
Kinston Mayor Dontario Hardy welcomes the crowd to event.
Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop told the audience about her 10-day kayaking trip down the Neuse and what an amazing asset the river is.
Mother Earth Brewing founder Trent Mooring talked about how the Mother Earth Foundation was happy to sponsor the trash trap, as their mission is to improve Kinston and, as a result of preventing trash from making it to the Neuse, communities downstream.
Program Director Clay Barber is joined by Kinston Public Service staff in preparing the trash trap for launch on Adkin Branch.
Mother Earth Brewing Vice President Matthew Hart joined members of the Lincoln City Rising project in the water to move the trash trap from bank to creek.
Mother Earth Brewing Vice President Matthew Hart.
Volunteer Coordinator Emily Fritz.

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