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Water Quality Specialist presented with Rotary medallion

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

Posted on June 20th, 2024

Water Quality Specialist Taylor Register and New Bern Rotary Club Program Chair Stephen Clayton.

Sound Rivers Water Quality Specialist Taylor Register met up with the New Bern Rotary Club this week for an overview of water quality and the Neuse.

Held in the banquet room of The Chelsea restaurant in downtown New Bern, the meeting drew about 60 club members — one of the larger Rotary groups Taylor has presented to.

“I mainly focused on all the work we do with our water quality testing; our routine monitoring protocols, pollution investigations, and lots of information on Swim Guide,” she said. “I also highlighted all of the threats that our local waterways are currently facing, from fish kills to sediment issues, and especially the loss of wetland protections.”

While her presentation was well-received, audience engagement led to more detailed discussion about some of Taylor’s — and Sound Rivers’ — work.

“This group was super-engaged and asked lots of good questions, but people were mostly interested in how we address and escalate major pollution issues on things like Slocum Creek,” Taylor said. “There was also lots of interest in our Swim Guide program, specifically on how to get involved and what we do when sites repeatedly fail the EPA’s standard.”

After her presentation, New Bern Rotary Club Program Chair Stephen Clayton presented Taylor with the club’s Four-Way Test medallion, in appreciation for joining them as a guest speaker. 

Are you interested in having Sound Rivers staff speak to your group about the state of your rivers? We can make it happen! Email Sound Rivers today.

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