Litter-Free Rivers meets Kinston

Environmental, Sound Rivers

Posted on May 11th, 2023

Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop (front, center) poses with Kinston residents and those involved with the Lincoln City Rising project after this week’s informational meeting about Sound Rivers’ Litter-Free Rivers program.

Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop was back in Kinston this week, sharing plans for the newest trash trap with local residents.

Formerly known as the Trash Trout program, the Sound Rivers’ Litter-Free Rivers program has provided trash traps at three locations in the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico watersheds: on Jack’s Creek in Washington; Duffyfield Canal in New Bern; and Little Rock Creek in Raleigh.

This fourth trash trap installation is slated for Adkin Branch, a tributary of the Neuse River that runs through the heart of Kinston. Mother Earth Foundation — the charitable arm of the nationally-known, Kinston-based Mother Earth Brewing — is sponsoring the newest trap, which will be located near the Holloway Recreation Center.

Wednesday night, Holloway Recreation Center, in partnership with members of the community-based economic development project Lincoln City Rising, hosted the informational event for the public.

“In addition to beautifying this important stream, the trash trap has the potential to benefit local youth,” said Lee Albritton, a founding member of Lincoln Center Rising. “Lincoln City Rising … plans to engage local youth in making a difference in our community and connecting them to nature. The trash trap offers young people an opportunity to make a difference in their neighborhoods and, along with other outdoor activities like water testing, aims to spark their interest in becoming stewards of our local environment. The positive impact of a cleaner creek could be a good first step in reducing litter throughout town, encourage more responsible civic behavior by our younger residents and inspire them to consider environmental and natural resource-based careers.”

Sam will be back in Kinston on Tuesday to present the Litter-Free Rivers trash trap to the Kinston City Council.

The Litter-Free Rivers program is also supported by funding from Grady-White Boats.

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