Support for Clean Water: Honoring Katie Tomberlin

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Coastal Carolina Riverwatch

Support for Clean Water




Katie Tomberlin

Coastal Carolina Riverwatch

Board Vice President and Volunteer

Katie Tomberlin has been a part of Coastal Carolina Riverwatch crew since 2018. She joining during CCRW’s campaign against offshore drilling and seismic blasting off our coast. “My family and I began as volunteers, attending every cleanup we could and every Commissioner and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management meeting to provide public comments against drilling.”

Water quality quickly became one of Katie’s passions. She joined the board alongside her husband Sterling, in January of 2019. “Water quality is important to me for several reasons. For one, I love where I live. There is a certain peace that comes with living near the ocean, and I have been lucky to live my whole life not even 15 minutes away from the sea. Salt water is healing. I also know from living here, how much our economy relies on having clean water, and that most of our residents make a living off of the water one way or another.”

“Through my involvement with CCRW, I have become more knowledgeable about hog farming, the environmental and social justice impacts, and the extensive reach of its pollution.” Katie is trained and has accompanied the CCCRW Waterkeeper on flights to assist in identifying hog and poultry farm violations. Katie is a regular field volunteer, assisting the Waterkeeper with water quality monitoring efforts in Onslow and Carteret Counties. “I am proud of the work we do here, and I am honored to be a part of the CCRW family.”

Thanks Katie Tomberlin and Sterling Gillikin, and to all the CCRW volunteers, members, and donors!

Whether you have strong roots to the coast, lived here your entire life, or just moved here to enjoy the salt air, we need your support to protect the quality of water and quality of life. Regular donors, members, and volunteers are vital to continue the growth of service that Coastal Carolina Riverwatch provides to the coastal community.

Together, we protect the quality of water and quality of life in Coastal North Carolina.


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