Riverkeeper, trash traps get standing ovation

Education, Environmental, Outreach, Sound Rivers, Tar-Pamlico Watershed, Water Quality

Posted on May 16th, 2024

Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Katey Zimmerman was spreading the word about Sound Rivers this week.

On Monday, Katey was the guest speaker at the Greenville (noon) Rotary Club; on Wednesday, the Down East Seniors Club in Washington got an introduction to her role as Riverkeeper.

“I talked about what we do, our programs, what Riverkeepers do, as well as a little bit of stuff about our longer campaigns,” Katey said.

And one of those longer campaigns got quite a reaction from the Rotary audience.

“Everyone was really jazzed up about our Litter-Free Rivers program,” she said. “After I showed the PowerPoint slide illustrating how one of our trash traps had capture 1,000 pounds of trash in a year, there was like a cheering, standing ovation for the trash traps.”

For the Down East Seniors Club, Katey also added in some information on the Jack’s Creek 9-Element Watershed Plan, which Sound Rivers has partnered with the City of Washington, Mid-East Commission and other stakeholders to address water quality and flooding in the urban watershed.

“They were definitely engaged and interested and had a lot of good questions,” she said.

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