Sound Rivers welcomes return of former intern

Will Shingleton is sampling with Sound Rivers again! The former water-quality intern returns as a field technician, helping your Riverkeepers monitor the waterways during his last semester of school at East Carolina University. Last week, Will was out with Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Katy Hunt, learning the ins and outs of how to sample for nutrient pollution and DNA, building on his Swim Guide experience sampling for E. coli last summer. The two visited parts of Jones and Lenoir counties to look at problem facilities, “bad actors,” and keep an eye on the health of the streams that feed into both the Trent and Neuse rivers. In addition to CAFO work, he’ll also be sampling for microplastics through the spring.

Welcome back, Will!