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Neuse River named national “River of the Year” for 2022

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American Rivers has named the Neuse River the “River of the Year” for 2022. The national honor comes on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act – bipartisan legislation that protects the fundamental right to clean water nationwide.

Celebrating community leadership and progress for clean water and river health, American Rivers has named the Neuse River the “River of the Year” for 2022.

The national honor comes on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act – bipartisan legislation that protects the fundamental right to clean water nationwide.

Before the Act was signed into law in 1972, the Neuse River was choked with pollution from textile mills and other manufacturing.

The federal safeguards provided by the Clean Water Act, combined with local efforts to stem polluted runoff, improve water management and remove outdated dams have been the major drivers in the river’s ongoing recovery.

Over the years, local governments and the state have invested millions to upgrade failing wastewater facilities, reduce polluted runoff and protect critical areas of the watershed.

Samantha Krop, Sound Rivers' Neuse Riverkeeper, says the Neuse shows what’s possible when strong federal clean water safeguards meet innovative, community-led solutions.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to westona@cravencc.edu.