Lower Neuse Riverkeeper


Katy Langley
[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.

Katy joined Sound Rivers as Lower Neuse Riverkeeper on June 26, 2016 and is based in New Bern.   As Lower Neuse Riverkeeper, Katy is Sound Rivers’ primary representative for the Neuse River basin from Lenoir-Wayne County line eastward to the mouth of the Neuse River.Katy worked as an Environmental Science Technician for Kleinschmidt Associates in Lexington, SC, for 18 months prior to moving to New Bern in 2016.   Her responsibilities there included aquatic vegetation surveys, insect sampling, water quality testing, shoreline inventory and cultural studies.  She also monitored migrating fish patterns at the Columbia, SC dam.Katy graduated with a B.S. in Earth and Environmental Science from University of New Orleans in August 2015.  She conducted undergraduate research on Lake Pontchartrain, examining the relationship between water quality and rain events, and monitored changes in water quality due to new management practices.  She worked closely with the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation which helps promote water quality improvements throughout the Lake Pontchartrain water basin.  She was a Natural Resource Management Intern at the Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, leading citizen science projects which helped educate diverse groups on science and nature, and was a Student Ambassador for the U.S. Department of the Interior at the University of New Orleans.Katy lives in New Bern’s historic Riverside neighborhood, about two blocks from the Neuse River.  She has a long time passion for water and the environment, is a dog lover, an avid kayaker, and a U.S. Department of Interior Certified Motorboat Operator.


2207 Trent Blvd
New Bern, North Carolina 28561