Sound Rivers talks programs and PFAS at Rotary meeting

Education, Outreach, Sound Rivers, Tar-Pamlico Watershed

Posted on July 13th, 2023

Sound Rivers Volunteer Coordinator Emily Fritz talked about Swim Guide and the Litter-Free Rivers program at this week's Greenville Rotary Club meeting.

Sound Rivers Volunteer Coordinator Emily Fritz and Water Quality Specialist Taylor Register started their week with some educational outreach in Greenville.

On Monday evening, the two teamed up to speak at the Greenville Rotary Club meeting and give an overview of Sound Rivers’ latest work.

Emily spoke about Swim Guide, the Litter-Free Rivers program and Sound Rivers’ stormwater projects under construction at campuses across both watersheds.

“I focused on Swim Guide, because the evening Rotary Club has been a sponsor in the past, and we have even had some of their members volunteer to take samples for us,” Emily said.

Taylor tackled the science side of the presentation, giving an overview of the issues facing the Tar-Pamlico, and PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals” because they don’t readily break down in nature. The chemical compounds have recently made news because they have been found in approximately 50% of drinking water systems in the United States.

Greenville Rotary Club is also sponsoring Splash for Trash, a clean-up of the Tar-Pamlico from Town Commons in downtown Greenville to the Port Terminal boat launch on July 29. The public is invited to attend. More information can be found here.

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