New River Foundation

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Restoring & Protecting
the New River/White Oak River Basin
since 1995

Become a Member

Become a MemberNew River Foundation can claim all of our successes to date because of our members, volunteers, and friends. By donating their money, time, and talents we have become the leading environmental organization in Onslow County whose goal is to “restore and protect the New River/White Oak River Basin.” New River Foundation has been the voice for the New River /White Oak River Basin since 1995 and is passionately dedicated to making sure our rivers have the quality of life and a clean ecosystem for all who depend on it.

This is why we need your support whether it is morally, financially, or through your many treasured talents! With your help you will secure a clean, healthy, and safe river now and for our future generations. Our rivers depend on you just as you depend on them so become a member of the New River Foundation today and add your voice to ours!


Links provided to the right.

Payment by Check:
New River Foundation
P.O. Box 241
Jacksonville NC 28541

New River Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Your membership/donation is tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Accomplishments We Owe Our Members & Volunteers

  • New River Foundation led the fight in Raleigh to enact a moratorium on construction of animal waste lagoons for corporate intensive livestock operations.
  • New River Foundation pursued a former waste water treatment plant owner who failed to pay his excessive fines. After an 18-month long search New River Foundation was able to provide the polluter’s address and phone number to the NC Attorney General’s office. Mr. Phillip Reynolds made a settlement for the fines owed to North Carolina.
  • Moratorium on construction of landfills for a full year. From 2003-2006, three construction & demolition (c & d) landfills were halted from being permitted near creeks & streams in Onslow County. Two locations were a threat to the New River and one a threat to the White Oak River. In 2006, we won the fight to stop a sand mining operation near the New River. More than 300 volunteers were involved with these successful campaigns.
  • Volunteers going door to door to educate citizens in the affected areas—mostly minority neighborhoods. Today we remain vigilant in the mercury campaign.
  • New River Foundation launched a restoration project in Chaney Creek to improve water quality by placing over 2500 mussels in the creek and removing more than 6000 pounds of debris and trash from the area. More than 400 students and volunteers participated in the project from 2003-2005. The City of Jacksonville continues work in Chaney Creek today enhancing water quality.
  • New River Foundation first partnered with Keep Onslow Beautiful in 1998 for a river clean up. The rest is history. Today, New River Foundation continues to spearhead clean ups for trash and debris removal from our rivers. In the past three years more than 10,000 pounds of trash have been removed from our rivers under the guidance of the New River Foundation. The clean ups span from Richlands to Jacksonville, Sneads Ferry, and Swansboro. Underwater dive teams have also participated in these tedious tasks, retrieving hard-to-get buried items.
  • Eco-tours were launched in 2006. More than 3000 people have joined us for eco-tours by canoe, kayak and our pontoon boat. The program has exceeded our expectations—thanks to our sponsors and your financial support.

River Clean Up Volunteers


More than 300 people volunteer their time with us every year.  Volunteers are needed in a variety of ways to help us accomplish our goals.  Some prefer to come in randomly and stuff some envelopes and fold newsletters for our quarterly mailings.  Some volunteers want more responsibility such as working on the archives of the New River Foundation.  And some want field work on the rivers.  All are welcomed.  The New River Foundation exists as Voice of the New River/White Oak River Basin because the community and citizens know the importance of an established organization with a reputation second to none in river advocacy.  We hope you will consider joining our team helping us restore and protect our beautiful rivers we all love and enjoy.


Be an advocate for our rivers. Add your voice to ours.   Attend critical meetings  with New River Foundation staff and volunteersw and be an active voice in protecting our rivers.   Sign up for our Action Alerts and you will be notified by email of issues and campaigns that need your support. 


Office Administrative Assistant

New River Foundation's Volunteer Office Admin Assistant helps support and extend the work of  staff to restore and protect the White Oak River Basin. The role of the Volunteer Office Administrative Assistant is to complete administration tasks of a varied nature as required.

Duties include:

  • Mailings (folding letters, newsletters, stuffing envelopes and adding labels)
  • Answering phone--delivering messages to staff and board members
  • Assist with planning and implementation of events
  • Internal communication and support

If interested contact Betty at or call 910.937.0877.

River Clean Up Coordinator

Works with the New River Foundation's staff to plan and promote river cleanups.  Recruit schools, businesses and community groups to participate.  Oversee volunteers at river cleanups focusing on safety and teamwork.   Handle logistical concerns by phone, in person, or email. Assess where river needs are on the New River and White Oak River.  Collaborate with other environmental organizations, churches, and groups to promote and establish partnerships. 

***background check required for most volunteer positions

Thank you for your support!

The New River Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit grassroots organization and the leading environmental group working and advocating to stop pollution of the New River and the public waterways of Onslow County. We do not sell, rent, loan, or give away your membership listing.

Types of Membership

Yes! I would like to help restore and protect the New River and White Oak River Basin by becoming a member today!

  • Minnow (Student) $10
    Benefits: Newsletters, E-mail alerts, Invitations to Special Events
  • Sturgeon $25
    Benefits: Newsletters, E-mail alerts, Invitations to Special Events, Decal sticker
  • Turtle $50
    Benefits: Newsletters, E-mail alerts, Invitations to Special Events, Decal sticker, T-Shirt
  • Otter $100
    Benefits: Newsletters, E-mail alerts, Invitations to Special Events, Decal sticker, T-Shirt
  • Small Business 3/yr $250
    Benefits: Newsletters, E-mail alerts, Invitations to Special Events, Decal sticker, T-Shirt
  • Osprey $500
    Benefits: Newsletters, E-mail alerts, Invitations to Special Events, Decal sticker, T-Shirt, 2 free tickets to any NRF event, and a guided paddle or pontoon boat tour of the river with up to 8 guests
  • Alligator $1000
    Benefits: Newsletters, E-mail alerts, Invitations to Special Events, Decal sticker, T-Shirt, 2 free tickets to any NRF event, a guided paddle or pontoon boat tour of the river with up to 8 guests, and place your business name/logo on a canoe or kayak
  • Gift Memberships/In Memory Of:
    If you would like to give a gift membership toa friend, family member, or in memory of someone, we will notify them.


If you would like to volunteer for the New River Foundation, please contact New River Foundation at 910.937.0877 or email .



Volunteer Photographer Bert Bilodeau
Volunteer Photographer Bert Bilodeau
View his New River Foundation Photo Gallery


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P.O. Box 241• Ste 140 • Jacksonville NC 28541
910-937-0877 office • 910-989-1345 fax
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