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‘Swim-terns’ on board for summer 2024

Neuse River Watershed, Sound Rivers, Swim Guide, Tar-Pamlico Watershed, Water Quality

Posted on May 16th, 2024

Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Katey Zimmerman (foreground) joined Volunteer Coordinator Emily Fritz and summer of 2024 interns Tierney Reardon, Eloise MacLean and Katrina Borgen for a quick kayaking tour of the river on Thursday morning.

Sound Rivers staff welcomed the 2024 summer interns this week with an introduction to Sound Rivers, a kayaking jaunt and all things Swim Guide.

Tierney Reardon, Eloise MacLean and Katrina Borgen will be coordinating Swim Guide, Sound Rivers’ popular water-quality testing program, which is part of an international program run by Canada-based SWIM DRINK FISH.

“We fit so much in today: the history of Sound Rivers, how the organization started, setting up emails, Google calendars, Swim Guide protocol and processing samples, additional projects they can work on during the summer,” Volunteer Coordinator Emily Fritz said of the interns’ first day on the job.

Water Quality Specialist Taylor Register introduces the 2024 interns to Swim Guide sample processing.

Water Quality Specialist Taylor Register and Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Katey Zimmerman were on hand to assist with the orientation.

Tierney will be working out of the Washington office; Katrina out of New Bern and Eloise, from the Raleigh office.

“I am so excited about this group of interns, and they are all so excited to be doing environmental work. They all grew up in North Carolina and each have special ties to waterways,” Emily said. “We’re looking forward to working with them.”

Eloise MacLean and Katrina Borgen watch as Water Quality Specialist Taylor Register demonstrates how to process water samples.

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