Upper Neuse Riverkeeper


Matthew Starr
[email protected]

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.

Matthew began his involvement with the NRF as a volunteer working on the Muddy Water Watch Program, aimed at reducing sedimentation pollution. In 2012, he was hired as the NRF’s Program Coordinator, and has been responsible for organizing the Neuse River Cleanups.  He spent six years in the Army and NC National Guard, including a tour of duty in Iraq. He is married with three children, coaches youth soccer, and lives just a few miles from Falls Lake. Matthew holds a BS in Environmental Management from the University of Maryland.


19 W. Hargett St.
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601