Oct 08, 2020

Memorial Water Quality Fund Established for Sound Rivers

In memory of Gene Pate, a new Sound Rivers Water Quality Monitoring Fund was established.

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In memory of Gene Pate, a new Sound Rivers Water Quality Monitoring Fund was established. 

The fund will preserve the long-term health of the Pamlico and Neuse rivers’ watersheds and the families who live, work and recreate in the communities, according to the Washington Daily News.

The Water Quality Fund will allow Sound Rivers to expand sampling programs to include pollutants such as algal bloom toxins, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and microplastics.

“The generous gift that made this fund possible will enhance Sound Rivers’ ability to do work that is vital to our mission,” said Executive Director Heather Deck. “Water quality testing helps Sound Rivers determine the causes of things like fish kills, toxic algal blooms and other issues so that we can work to eliminate those sources of pollution.”

The fund will also make sure to continuously support programs such as Sound Rivers’ Swim Guide, which monitors popular recreation locations in the Tar-Pamlico and Neuse watersheds during the summer.

“Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper Jill Howell and Environmental Projects Coordinator Clay Barber will be paddling the length of the Tar River on their first ‘Tour de Tar’ from Oct. 7-17, to bring awareness to the beauty of the river, and the threats it faces,” said the Sound Rivers website. “They’re asking the public to consider making a sponsorship gift in honor of their paddle during the month of October – all Tour de Tar sponsorship gifts will benefit the new Water Quality Monitoring Fund."

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