General Assembly discusses river monitoring funding in the East

EASTERN, NC (WITN) - A river monitoring program here in the east is celebrating 25 years of keeping an eye on the Neuse River and Pamlico Sound.

The program is up for funding renewal through the General Assembly.

Assistant Professor Dr. Nathan Hall said, "What we're trying to do is really get out there often enough and at enough sites in the estuary to really have an idea of how all of these different components of the ecosystem are interacting and then hopefully we can use that information to provide the managers and the lawmakers to really coach this estuary to a healthy situation."

The funding bill that the program is included on is currently in a closed-door discussion between the house and senate and could be heard on the floor next week.