Sound Rivers' staff takes a day to enjoy the river

Neuse River Watershed, Sound Rivers, Tar-Pamlico Watershed

Posted on July 6th, 2023

Left to right: Sound Rivers' Volunteer Coordinator Emily Fritz, water-quality intern Rachel Geyer, water-quality intern DaNisha Harris, Business Manager Lauren Rowe, Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop, former Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell and Water Quality Specialist Taylor Register.

Last week, Sound Rivers’ staff took a day to get out on the river and enjoy one another”s company AND the waterways we serve. We also used it as an opportunity to say goodbye to Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell and her First Mate Miller as they head up north and the role of executive director at a new environmental nonprofit created to protect the waters of Penobscot Bay and its tributaries in Mid-Coast Maine. Kayaking on Runyon Creek and the Pamlico River was followed by lunch at the picnic shelter at Havens Gardens in Washington.

For some of our staff, it was their first kayak outing, but they took to it like ducks to water!

The crew prepares for their kayak outing with the help of Inner Banks Outfitters’ Sheri Dean. The kayak launch on Runyon Creek was built two years ago through a partnership between Sound Rivers, the City of Washington and North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
Volunteer Coordinator Emily Fritz pauses to say hello to Charlie Girl and Miller on her way out to the kayak launch.
Intern DaNisha Harris brought her pup, Rugrat, along for the ride.
A curious duck paddles along with the kayakers.
Paddling the creeks of the Pamlico.
Picnic on the Pamlico at Havens Gardens.
Former Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell and First Mate Miller at Pitt Street Brewing on the Pamlico.

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