This is the type of thing that will get you going.
So, thing one, I sent them a notice on their WTF page, which reassuringly promises to keep me updated on the progress of the correction. They even sent me an email. So far no change.
Now, I'm sure this will be fixed before long, but what I'm trying to figure out is how it got changed to the wrong thing in the first place. This interview from Science Friday only Feb. 20 discusses the people behind Google's Project Ground Truth (here's a good explanation of the project by CNET), which plans, according to its website, "to map the world from authoritative data sources, via a unique mix of algorithms and elbow grease." Craig Miller, of Wired's Map Lab blog, tells SciFri that keeping Google Maps up to date is quite a project: "New roads are being built, housing developments pop up, shopping malls get torn down. So there's a lot of change to keep the maps accurate and up to date." Google uses artificial intelligence -- from all those satellite and street view images -- and all kinds of other data to share the vast amounts of information its maps provide.
As you know, the maps still make mistakes -- this is far from the first error the Lawson Trek has encountered along the way. Miller says Google gets tens of thousands of error reports every day. So we can't be enormously surprised that even a day later the Neuse is still the Goose (Apple Maps, of all places, still has it right, by the way; so does Openstreetmap, the Google Maps predecessor that uses government data and crowd sources in a sort of wiki arrangement.)
Now Lawson himself created a map, though the only important information advances on it were names and placements of Indian tribes. And he'd have been familiar with earlier maps, though in 1700 maps of the Carolinas were pretty vague.
That's why we're out here.
I'll keep you posted on what comes of Neuse River/Goose Creek.