On a daily basis, our two Riverkeepers monitor the health of the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico watersheds and ecosystems. We serve as investigators, advocates and educators who partner with conservationists and concerned citizens to be hands-on activists protecting the health and beauty of our natural resources.

One of North Carolina’s Original Conservation Groups
Our staff has decades of experience in advocacy roles for the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico Rivers. The organization was founded by concerned citizens like you who care about the health and beauty of our waterways. We’ve been protecting our cherished rivers since 1980.

Our Riverkeepers monitor the health of the rivers and ecosystems in our communities. We investigate polluters, advocate for enforcement of existing laws, and demonstrate conservation techniques that protect the health of our natural resources.

The Dangers of Polluters Run Amuck
Sound Rivers often has to use strategic action to stop pollution and promote policies that will protect infograph_defend_sound-rivers_022616the rivers and watersheds. Too often the local, state and federal government agencies charged with enforcing our environmental laws are unable or unwilling to take critical enforcement actions, often because of lack of adequate resources or the potential for political or legal backlash.

As much as possible, we prefer to resolve matters through negotiation and cooperation without resorting to litigation. Typically, we’re able to resolve problems through communication. Our establish working relationships with industry, government and civic groups enables Sound Rivers to serve as a resource for water quality and environmental issues. We’re not only the voice for our rivers, but an ally to protect and restore our waterways.