Sound Rivers meets Purple & Gold bus tour

Education, Environmental, Sound Rivers, Tar-Pamlico Watershed, Water Trail

Posted on March 7th, 2024

East Carolina University Faculty watch the "raindrop" flow through the sculptural, dynamic version of the water cycle at the North Carolina Estuarium.

The Purple and Gold Bus Tour rolled into Washington on Tuesday, and Sound Rivers Program Director Clay Barber was there with a welcome.

Led by East Carolina University’s Office of Research, Economic Development and Engagement, the tour designed to introduce faculty members with identified research plans to the culture, geography, heritage, economy and assets of the region around our campus. The North Carolina Estuarium was a stop on Tuesday, and the group was introduced to the one-of-a-kind museum and an equally unique project, The Blue Economy Corridor.

Program Director Clay Barber introduces East Carolina Faculty members to Sound Rivers.

Dr. Emily Yeager is spearheading the project that aims to map the Tar-Pamlico region to showcase historical and ecological sites, promote education and conservation efforts, and drive local commerce in an integrated way. Clay joined Dr. Yeager, representing Sound Rivers (he also has a degree in sustainable tourism), and Inner Banks Outfitters owner Liane Harsh (representing nature-related commerce) for a Q & A with participants.

The overriding message of this stop on the bus tour was that each aspect relies on the rest: conservation, activities, education, hospitality, all work together to support regional economic growth and empower residents and visitors with a sense of place.

“It was a good event and a great way to share what Sound Rivers does with people who might not know about us,” Clay said.

Dr. Emily Yeager talks about the Blue Economy Corridor and its goal to highlight assets along the Tar-Pamlico.

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