Pamlico Tar Riverkeeper


Jill Howell
[email protected]
(252) 946-7211

The Tar River begins as a freshwater stream in the Piedmont near Roxboro, rising east to meet the Pamlico River near Washington, N.C. to drain into the Pamlico Sound before meeting the Atlantic Ocean. Major tributaries in the upper basin include Swift, Fishing and Tranters creeks and Cokey Swamp, as well as Pungo River in the lower basin. It also includes Lake Mattamuskeet, at more than 18 miles long and 6 miles wide, it is the largest natural lake in the state and home to Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge.

Jillian Howell grew up in Saugus, Massachusetts, just north of Boston. She received a B.A. in environmental studies and global studies from Colby College in 2012 before returning to Boston to work for an environmental consulting firm. She spent five years as a project scientist performing site assessments and environmental due diligence, overseeing hazardous material remediation, and conducting environmental sampling programs at properties throughout New England. Jill received a Masters in Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in May 2019, where she focused her coursework on environmental justice. During her time at Yale, she interned with Spokane Riverkeeper in Washington state. Jill joined the staff of Sound Rivers in Washington, North Carolina as the Environmental Projects Manager in June 2019 before transitioning into the role of Pamlico-Tar Riverkeeper in August 2019.


108 Gladden Street
Washington, North Carolina 27889