Volunteer spotlight: Mike Stokes

Environmental, Litter-Free Rivers, Neuse River Watershed, Volunteer, Volunteers, Water Quality

Posted on October 26th, 2023

Sound Rivers volunteer Mike Stokes.

A big shout-out goes to rock star volunteer Mike Stokes, who teamed up with Sound Rivers Volunteer Coordinator Emily Fritz to clean out the New Bern trash trap this week. One of four trash traps in Sound Rivers’ Litter-Free Rivers program, this one is on Duffyfield Canal, a tributary of the Neuse River (others are on Jack’s Creek in Washington, Adkin Branch in Kinston and Little Rock Creek in Raleigh).

“Since there hasn’t been much rain since our last cleanout, there wasn’t much trash to collect, but we removed what trash was there and adjusted the sign on the trap. We removed 7.82 pounds of trash from the trap,” Emily said.

Thanks, Mike, for helping Sound Rivers put the trash where it belongs — in a landfill, not a waterway! We can’t do what we do without the dedication of volunteers like Mike!

Emily said, “There were quite a few turtles sunbathing on the trap when I arrived, so it’s good to know the wildlife appreciate the trash trap. They’re a great way to remove trash from the waterways and a great spot to soak up the sun! Dual purpose!”

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