Neuse River

Five well owners near Goldsboro, who live close to a retired Duke Energy plant, have been warned not to use their water.  They fear nearby unlined coal ash basins could be contaminating their wells.  We hear from the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the agency tasked with testing wells near the retired H.F. Lee plant and we hear from residents who attended a public meeting Tuesday evening. 

Folks across the state are concerned with water quality.  Especially after a storm water pipe burst at a retired 

Betsy Abare, UNC-CH Institute of Marine Sciences, Morehead City, NC

Tens of thousands of dead fish have washed up on the banks of the Neuse River.  Jared Brumbaugh has this. 

The fish kill at Flanner’s Beach started during the Labor Day weekend and was reported to the Neuse Riverkeeper Alliance Tuesday.  Travis Graves is the Lower Neuse Riverkeeper.

“100 percent of the fish I saw were on Flanner’s Beach were menhaden between the peanut size up to even the one year old and two year old.”

Access to locally caught seafood is a hallmark of the coastal region, but it's getting harder to find.  This week on the Down East Journal, why North Carolina's commercial fishing harvest is experiencing a decline.  And, bears are seen in increasing numbers this time of year; in yards, in trees and even swimming across the Neuse River.  The Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations.  And Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.

Carlos Kowalczewski

Bears are seen in increasing numbers this time of year, in yards, in trees, and even swimming across the Neuse River.

 Monday, May 12th, riders on the Cherry Branch- Minnesott ferry witnessed something peculiar during an afternoon crossing. 

“We just left Minnesott Beach and as soon as we leave, we always look to the front of the ship.”

Carlos Kowalczewski is a ferry crew man with the North Carolina Ferry Division.

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Public Radio East is teaming up with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to repopulate the waters of eastern North Carolina with striped bass.  This week on the Down East Journal, we discuss the project and how it will promote a healthier fishery and create more opportunities for anglers.

Striped bass is one of the most popular saltwater game fish on the East Coast.  Stripers spend most of their time in the ocean, but each year in the spring, they make a journey upstream to spawn.  And that’s when local anglers flock to the Neuse and Tar Rivers to test their luck.

Public Radio East is teaming up with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission to repopulate the waters of eastern North Carolina with striped bass.  This week on the Down East Journal, we discuss the project and how it will promote a healthier fishery and create more opportunities for anglers.  Catch the Down East Journal Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations, and Saturday at noon on News and Ideas.