Thank you for the past 40 years.

This is a special year for Sound Rivers — we’re celebrating our 40th anniversary! Keep an eye out for special programming shining a light on the incredible work that you, our clean-water community, have been a part of for four decades.

In honor of our 40th, we have special events planned throughout the year, starting with the launch of our 40 Stories for 40 Years series highlighting the many volunteers who have dedicated their time and effort to Sound Rivers’ mission of protecting our waterways and the people who rely on them for everything from drinking water to recreation. On Nov. 13, we’ll be back to gathering safely at our signature event in Washington, the Oyster Roast, and we’ll be premiering a documentary about Sound Rivers’ past, present and future at venues in Washington (Oct. 2), Raleigh (Oct. 9) and New Bern (Oct. 16), as well as smaller venues after those premieres. The film explores Sound Rivers’ history in the work that has been done and our future as told by the voices of the people we know — those with boots on the ground.

It’s been 40 years of fighting for clean water — your water — and we still have an uphill battle. We need to protect North Carolina’s waterways, especially the millions of acres of wetlands affected by recent rollbacks. Wetlands are critical to our ability to withstand flooding, especially as flooding threats due to climate change increase.

In April, we launched our Clean Water April Challenge, in which generous supporters matched your gifts up to $25,000. Sound Rivers’ supporters stepped up and overwhelmed us with their generosity in return, blowing past our goal of $50,000 to a total of $59,114 — our largest April match campaign, ever.

In July, we’re launching our sustaining monthly gift program and encouraging gifting a membership to loved ones. Find out more here.

Celebrate with us in our 40th year — keep checking in to this page, as we’ll be updating with special events, news and adding more stories each week to our 40 Stories page.

We couldn’t have reach this major milestone without you and all you do for your waterways. We have hope for Sound Rivers’ future, a clean-water future — a future that belongs to all of us.