The White Oak-New Riverkeeper Alliance is a not-for-profit, 501C(3) corporation that was founded in 2008. At the time there was a strong need for a program that would restore and protect our local rivers. Therefore, a group of concerned citizens joined together to create an alliance for strong advocacy. We are members of Waterkeeper Alliance, an international organization comprised of groups working on local water quality issues, but also partnering together to support larger regional and national issues.
Below are some of our proudest achievements
- Pure Farms, Pure Waters Campaign: CAFO’s (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations) are a leading pollutant to our waters by the improper disposal of animal waste. We are constantly working to highlight these practices to the public and applying pressure to government agencies to address the inadequacies of these under-regulated polluters.
- Operation Medicine Cabinet: A drug take-back program that was started on a local level here in Onslow County to provide a safe and anonymous way for people to dispose of unwanted or unused prescription drugs. This program helps keep these medicines out of our precious waters and the hands of those they were not intended for. After collecting over 280,000 pills and medicines in 2010, we were able to bring this program to all of North Carolina in March 2011.
- Litter Clean-Ups: We hold multiple litter clean-ups along the White Oak and New Rivers annually.We now have a fleet of canoes and kayaks that we provide to our volunteers to use for these events. In 2010 alone, we held 5 clean ups with over 100 participants. We collected 1.25 tons of trash at just one clean-up!
- We have and will continue to defend against a proposal by ONWASA to inject wastewater into our drinking water aquifer. We have won against highly-paid lobbyists and brought the facts to our legislators.
This is just a small sampling of the work that has been accomplished by our Riverkeeper program. Much of our success is due to the diligent efforts of our Riverkeeper, however none of this could have been accomplished without the outstanding support of our members and community.