While the state feels it is doing a good job of water-quality protection, a top-ten EPA rating on pollutants released into the ecosystem causes environmentalists and citizens groups to question the state's support of anti-pollution regulations.
Rick Dove, riverkeeper for the Neuse River, received an INDEPENDENT 1998 Citizen Award for his forceful advocacy of cleaning up the waterway and its tributaries. He became the state's first riverkeeper in 1993
Kemp Burdette is a riverkeeper for the Cape Fear River, one of the most important natural resources in North Carolina. Burdette's job is to protect the river from short term--often destructive thinking--and ensure that it will last for the generations to come.
The Washington City Council has decided that the Pamlico-Tar River Foundation’s riverkeeper boat may no longer be kept for free at the city’s docking space. While not all motives are known, several are speculated upon.