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Program, executive directors go Tarboro trash-trap scouting

Environmental, Litter-Free Rivers, Sound Rivers, Stormwater Issues, Stormwater Runoff, Tar-Pamlico Watershed, Water Quality

Posted on June 6th, 2024

Tarboro Town Manager Troy Lewis, Sound Rivers board member Miriam Espinosa and Program Director Clay Barber at at likely spot for the next trash trap in the Tar-Pamlico watershed.

Sound Rivers Executive Director Heather Deck and Program Director Clay Barber were in the field this week, scouting for the ideal place to install a trash trap in Tarboro.

Heather and Clay met up with Sound Rivers Board Member Miriam Espinosa and Tarboro Town Manager Troy Lewis to discuss potential placement of a trap on a Tar River tributary.

Miriam also works as an environmental compliance manager at Cummins Rocky Mount Engine Plant, which is providing funding for Sound Rivers’ Litter-Free Rivers program.

Through the program and municipal partnerships, Sound Rivers has installed five of the passive litter collection devices on small waterways in the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico watersheds. The traps are anchored to the banks of a stream and captures trash floating downstream, before it can get to a larger waterbody.

Sound Rivers currently has five trash traps located on Jack’s Creek in Washington, Duffyfield Canal in New Bern, Little Rock Creek in Raleigh, Adkin Branch in Kinston and Greensmill Run in Greenville. The City of Raleigh is planning to partner with Sound Rivers and The Great Raleigh Cleanup for another two traps in the Raleigh area, and another trash trap is being discussed for the Washington area.

Like how Sound Rivers’ trash traps are removing trash from your waterways? Consider donating today to help support our Litter-Free Rivers program!

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