Riverkeeper Spotlight: Lower Neuse Riverkeeper advocating, educating and monitoring

Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Katy Hunt samples water in Fairfield Harbour after complaints from residents tipped her off to a spill from a wastewater treatment plant.

Your Upper Neuse Riverkeeper Katy Hunt has been out in the field over the last few weeks, promoting Sound Rivers’ core mission: educating the public, monitoring the waterways and advocating for the health of, and the communities on, your rivers!

First, Katy met with the Kinston Rotary Club to talk about the issues facing the Neuse River and how we can all work for clean water.

You’ll also recall Katy was out sampling recently, checking into complaints from the Fairfield Harbour community about odor from a neighboring wastewater treatment plant, who were also questioning water quality. Turned out that 15,000 gallons of untreated waste made it into the river and the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality is issuing a Notice of Violation to the plant. Katy said she’s awaiting returns on her samples, but in the meantime, she’s learned that the plant’s operators are interested in/planning on making upgrades to address local residents’ concerns.

Katy also sat down for an interview with Coastal Review online, speaking about the Neuse’s almost annual fish kills, nutrient pollution and North Carolina is at a crossroads in doing something about them. You can read the article here!

Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Katy Hunt recently spoke about water quality, issues facing the river and way we can all help at Kinston Rotary Club.