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Sound Rivers officials say Neuse River bacterial pollution in Kinston has been resolved

The ongoing Neuse River pollution issue in Kinston has been resolved.

Sound River’s Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop said the last two rounds of testing have indicated much lower bacteria levels in the stormwater outfall.

Krop and Water Quality Specialist Taylor Register have been working with the City of Kinston since murky, odorous water was found flowing into the Neuse River from a stormwater outfall.

After taking samples, testing the water and getting results of extremely elevated levels of bacteria in the samples, Krop alerted the city.

She said the city did an extensive search, and found a number of problems, and in January found that an old pipe was leaking into the storm drain.

After replacing the pipe, the city said the problem was resolved, and according to the science, Krop said it has been.

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. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to eastern North Carolina in 2019 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 kiddo cuddling, reading, 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.