Lower Neuse Riverkeeper

The longest river in North Carolina, the Neuse River Basin stretches 248 miles from the Falls Lake Reservoir Dam in the Piedmont to its mouth at the Pamlico Sound and the state’s original capital at New Bern. At its mouth, six miles across, it’s the widest river in America and our nation's second largest estuary. Major tributaries include Crabtree, Swift and Contentnea creeks and the Eno, Little and Trent rivers. The Neuse River Basin is a critically important body of water for nearly one-sixth of the state’s population.

Travis Graves became the Lower Neuse Riverkeeper after studying environmental science at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, Wash. As Lower Neuse Riverkeeper, he has been activity monitoring waters in the Lower Neuse River Basin for excessive and illegal discharges. Before attending college he spent eight years in the U.S Army as a Cavalry Scout, deploying twice to Iraq. During his military career, Travis was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in action in Baghdad, two Army Commendation medals, two Good Conduct medals, and was personally awarded the Army’s Combat Action Badge by Gen. Peter Schoomaker. Travis is married with four children. 


2207 Trent Blvd
New Bern, North Carolina 28560