Volunteer Dawn Dolson and Sound Rivers Board Member Betsy Hester wade into Jack's Creek to empty a full trash trap.

Tropical Storm Ophelia brought plenty of rain and floodwater to the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico last Saturday, and each Sound Rivers’ trash trap weathered the storm, preventing trash from flowing downstream.

Trash traps on Jack’s Creek in Washington, Duffyfield Canal in New Bern, Adkin Branch in Kinston and Little Rock Creek in Raleigh held fast to the banks. Sound Rivers staff organized clean-outs of the traps this week, to permanently remove the trash from the waterways.

“There was a good amount of trash in there, so the trash trap is doing it’s job,” said Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Katey Zimmerman.

(Left to right) Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Katey Zimmerman joined volunteers Christina Marshen, Sound Rivers Board Member Betsy Hester and Dawn Dolson for the trash trap clean-out in Washington this week.

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