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Pamlico-Tar River Foundation

North Carolina
Pollution Hotline: 
(252) 946-7211
Our Waterkeeper (or watershed advocate): 
Heather Jacobs Deck
108 Gladden Street
Washington, NC, 27889
See map: Google Maps

The Pamlico-Tar River Foundation was founded in 1981. It is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, preserving and promoting the environmental quality of the Tar-Pamlico River and its watershed. PTRF is a grassroots organization, supported by nearly 2,500 citizen members -- "River Givers." 

The Pamlico-Tar River is the lifeblood of the people and communities who live within its watershed. PTRF continues a 28-year tradition of monitoring and protecting the river through:

  • education of individuals and groups,
  • advocacy for enforcement of existing laws
  • the development of new legislation and
  • conducting research that monitors and evaluates the health of the river.

A full time PTRF RIVERKEEPER® monitors and protects the river and serves as a scientific and educational resource to all the people living in the watershed.