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The Neuse River Foundation was formed in 1980 by New Bern area citizens concerned over the health of the Neuse River. It is a model for eco- activism. Among its approaches are hiring a river keeper and taking legal action to ensure polluters obey the law.
The author talks about the struggle of the Neuse River with the runoff of fertilizers, pesticides, hog waste, excessive nutrients and erosion. This has led to large fish kills and the creation of Water management Acts and the Neuse River Keeper Foundation as a watchdog program.