RICK DOVE has been an advocate for the Waterkeeper Alliance since July 2000. A former Riverkeeper, Rick has spent much of his time training Waterkeepers and helping new programs develop into strong advocates for clean water. He continues to with work numerous Waterkeepers in North Carolina and other states, as well as staff attorneys at the Waterkeeper Alliance on the Alliance’s Sustainable Agriculture campaign. Before joining the Waterkeeper movement, Rick enjoyed a 25-year career with the U.S. Marines that included two tours in Vietnam. In his final tour of duty Rick served as military courts-martial judge. After retiring as a Colonel from the Marines in 1987, Rick commercially fished the Neuse River and in 1991, due to pollution, he was forced to abandon his fishing business and returned to practicing law until becoming the Neuse Riverkeeper in 1993, a post he held until the year 2000.
As the Neuse River’s spokesperson, Rick has been in more than 4000 news stories in both major and local media, and his work was detailed in a chapter of the 1997 Simon and Schuster book, And the Waters Turned to Blood. Other books highlighting his activities include: This Moment on Earth by Senator and Mrs. John Kerry (2006), Crimes Against Nature by Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. (2004) and Righteous Porkchop By Nicolette Hahn Niman (2008).
From 1996-1998, Rick was the Governor’s appointee to the Neuse River Basin Advisory Council, during which time he was asked to testify before the U.S. Congress Committee on Resources, Fisheries Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans Subcommittee on the microorganism Pfiesteria Piscidia and its effects on the river. In 1999, Rick later testified before U. S. Congress, Senate Committee on Government Affairs, on March 13, 2002 on issue of pollution generated by Confined Animals Operations (CAFOs) and the Senate Committee Environment and Public Works, on September 6, 2007, on issues related to air emissions from factory farms. Rick was named one of Time Magazine/Time for Kids Heroes of the Planet in October 1998 and received an honorary induction as member of Epsilon Nu Eta, National Environmental Health Society for Health Professionals 1998. He later received the 1998 Citizens Award presented by Independent Weekly Newspaper, Raleigh, North Carolina and was honored by the Charlotte Observer as Guardian of the Environment, for 1996. In August 1999, the Raleigh News and Observer selected Rick as 1of 100 people who have shaped North Carolina in the past Century. Rick later received the North Carolina Leadership Award from North Carolina Watershed Coalition, Inc. for Year 2000, the Alliance for a Responsible Swine Industry Appreciation Award June 25, 2000, the EPA Region IV Merit Award on October 19, 2000, the 2001 Nancy Susan Reynolds Award for Advocacy (November 17,2001). Rick was recognized by the Clean Water Network as a C”lean Water Hero” on the 30th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act on October 18, 2002.
Rick Dove continues to live on the south shore of the Neuse River near New Bern, North Carolina with his wife of 45 years, the former Joanne Tezak of Baltimore, Maryland. They have one daughter, Holly Marie Trombley and four grandchildren all of whom live in the New Bern area. Their son, Todd, is deceased.