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New grant, trash traps and sampling: Riverkeeper partners with N.C. State

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

Posted on April 20th, 2023

Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop was back in action at the Walnut Creek Wetland Center this week, introducing students in N.C. State University Associate Prof. Kathryn Stevenson’s environmental education program to the trash trap (formerly Trash Trout) on Little Rock Creek, water sampling, the importance of environmental education and connecting enjoyment of the outdoors with water quality.

“We talked about all the visible and invisible signs of water quality,” Sam said. “We used the YSI monitor, which we use to monitor turbidity and pH, and talked about how that illuminates some of the invisible things that are indicators of water quality. They were very interested.”

Another N.C. State University partnership with Dr. Angela Allen, director of the environmental technology and management program in the Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources at NC State’s College of Natural Resources, has been rewarded with a Community Collaborative Research Grant from N.C. Water Resources Research Institute and North Carolina Sea Grant. The grant will fund an extension of their work training local residents to monitor and advocate for water-quality improvements in Little Rock Creek in Raleigh.

N.C. State University students explore their outdoor classroom of the Walnut Creek Wetland Center this week, where Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop taught them about trash traps and sampling.

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