Sound Rivers talks river issues, volunteer opportunities with paddle club

Education, Environmental, Neuse River Watershed, Outreach, Sound Rivers, Volunteer, Volunteers, Water Quality

Posted on February 15th, 2024

Sound Rivers Volunteer Coordinator Emily Fritz met up with the Twin Rivers Paddle Club on Tuesday night at the Craven County Parks and Recreation Department.

Emily shared with club members issues facing our rivers and wetlands and what people can do to address them on an individual basis.

“The club has always been super supportive of Sound Rivers, and all the members have a great passion for getting folks out on the water, so it was fantastic to talk with them,” Emily said.

Twin Rivers Paddle Club’s mission is to bring together people interested in paddling in the New Bern and Craven County area and to promote paddle sports in the region, as well as safe and responsible use of navigable waters. The group meets monthly, hosts paddles led by veteran members, trainings and more. Sponsored by the Craven County Parks and Recreation Department, annual dues are $12.

Emily said many of the members were eager to volunteer with Sound Rivers’ trash trap on Duffyfield Canal in New Bern and future river clean-ups.

“As the volunteer coordinator, that’s what I love to hear,” she said, adding that she’s already planning for a Twin Rivers paddle and clean-up day for club members, once the weather warms up.

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