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Sound Rivers makes waves at fly fishing film festival

Sound Rivers, Volunteer, Volunteers

Posted on May 2nd, 2024

Sound Rivers board member Walker Knox talks to attendees at last weekend's film festival.

Sound Rivers Development Coordinator Jay Potter and board member Walker Knox were on hand at the Triangle Fly Fishers annual film festival in Raleigh last weekend.

“Some folks night not think people who fish have anything to do with clean water or environmental justice, but that could not be further from the truth,” Jay said. “They love the river and everything in it.”

Jay and Walker manned a table at the event, chatting with film-festival attendees and sharing information about Sound Rivers’ work.

“Giving the public from all different walks of life the opportunity to see who we are and what we do reminds them that our work is entwined with their passion,” Jay said, adding that having a Sound Rivers board member at the event makes a lot of difference.

“Our board members, being volunteers, carry an air of authenticity that I believe staff cannot match no matter how passionate we loudly and genuinely are,” he said.

There was plenty of curiosity about Sound Rivers from passersby, and some surprise about how much ground (and how many waterways) Sound Rivers covers.

“We met multiple fishermen, but the best interactions we had were from guys who understood the relationship to clean water and fishing, but did not grasp the scope of the two together and how interconnected everything is,” Jay said. “(Neuse Riverkeeper) Sam’s work in Durham was a hot topic that evening and seemed to resonate with many of the people in attendance.”

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