The New River is the site of several environmentally damaging hog-waste spills due to the high concentration of large hog farms in North Carolina, which is the second highest hog producing state. North Carolina’s 10 million hogs produce 40 million gallons of manure each day. In Duplin County alone, 2.2 million hogs produce twice as much untreated manure as the sewage from the New York City metro area. The manure from these farms are kept in open lagoons, which are prone to bursts during heavy rainfall.The White Oak River is a blackwater river, approximately 40 mi (64 km) long, on the coastal plain of southeast North Carolina. The White Oak River runs through a variety of habitats including swamps, hardwood forests, and salt marsh flats. A wide variety of wildlife can be found in and around the river and its smaller river feeders. These creeks provide safe havens for many small animals such as, fish, snakes, frogs and many more animal as well as plant life. Along the river, there are reports of bald cypress trees over one thousand years of age. Many alligators can be found along the river.
Nicole Triplett, White Oak-New Riverkeeper, has been working with the White Oak-New Riverkeeper Alliance as an intern since 2014. She was hired as the Riverkeeper in October of 2015. As the voice of the river, she works diligently with the public in providing answers to water quality issues. She is available for speaking on topics regarding the quality of our White Oak and New Rivers and environmental conservation.
P.O. Box 358
Jacksonville, North Carolina 28541