Riverkeeper appointed to Raleigh stormwater commission

Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop wades through Duffyfield Canal, netting trash, in New Bern.

Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop has been selected to serve on Raleigh’s Stormwater Management Advisory Commission.

A two-year commitment, Sam will attend her first meeting with the group in April.

“I’m really looking forward to becoming more of an expert on stormwater management practices, as well as being able to contribute to a city that I live in, in a positive way and in a way that will be able to affect change,” Sam said.

While Sam makes her home in Raleigh, she splits her time between the Sound Rivers’ offices in Raleigh and New Bern.

Sound Rivers has a bit of a history with Raleigh’s Stormwater Management Advisory Commission: Sound Rivers’ past two Upper Neuse Riverkeepers both served on the commission.

Sam was nominated for the commission by Raleigh City Councilwoman Jane Harrison, but got on local policymakers’ radar after she gave a presentation to the commission about the overlaps between its work and Sound Rivers’ work.

Sam said she sees the first few months of serving on the Stormwater Management Advisory Commission as an opportunity to learn.

“I’ll be getting familiar with how local municipalities manage stormwater, what tools and resources are available to facilitate that, who’s doing more creative stormwater management, like green stormwater infrastructure,” she said. “I just think adding Sound Rivers into the conversation is a good start.”