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Sound Rivers staff to appear on ‘Community Matters’

Education, Environmental, Litter-Free Rivers, Neuse River Watershed, Sound Rivers, Tar-Pamlico Watershed, Water Quality

Posted on March 14th, 2024

Program Director Clay Barber sits down for an interview with 'Community Matters' host Bill LuMaye.

Sound Rivers Program Director Clay Barber, Water Quality Specialist Taylor Register and Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop were in the spotlight last week.

On Friday, the three were invited to the set of “Community Matters,” a WRDC/Sinclair Broadcasting show that focuses on people and programs doing good work in the Raleigh area, to talk about the work of Sound Rivers.

Host Bill LuMaye interviewed each, delving into their roles, what it means to be a Riverkeeper, to monitor water quality, and why we need green stormwater infrastructure.

“He asked some great questions — such as my job versus Taylor’s job verses Clay’s job,” Sam said. “I mostly talked about the investigations we do, the role of the Riverkeeper and how we take those investigations and turn them into advocacy.”

Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop gets wired with a microphone for the recording of ‘Community Matters.’

“It was really about who we are, what we do, and why it matters,” Taylor said. “They wanted to get a broad overview of Sound Rivers and the role our organization plays within the community, so we each discussed topics like how we complete pollution investigations, our Swim Guide program and the importance of wetland protections following the recent Sackett decision.”

It was definitely a new experience for all of them, being on a set, with lights and wired with microphones.

“I’m excited to see what they do with it. It’s the most formal interview I’ve ever had,” Sam said.

The Sound Rivers Community Matters episode will be available to watch in April. We’ll announce where and how to watch it!

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Water Quality Specialist Taylor Register talks water quality with host Bill LuMaye.

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