Crowdfunding Campaign 2015 - for the Haw River Learning Celebration!

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Our 26th Haw River Learning Celebration is coming up and we need your help!  From from September 20 – October 9  our amazing annual 3 week long river education program for 4th graders will take place along the Haw. Over 40,000 kids have come out to  this wonderful field trip since 1990, but WE NEED YOUR HELP to make it happen.  We have a goal to raise $5000 by the time it starts this year, to help pay for staff, site fees, food, and all the educational and field supplies we will need!  Please pitch in and make sure over a thousand kids get to come once again to this “BEST FIELD TRIP EVER!!!)  

We’re up to $2170 at the end of our third week!  Can you help us get to $3000?


Or send your check to HRA to P.O. Box 187 Bynum NC 27228

REI Photo                                                     Want to be a volunteer with the Learning Celebration this year?

 Join our amazing crew of volunteers who make it happen. Come for a day or more, or camp out with us by the river for a week!  It’s an experience you’ll never forget! Families are welcome to volunteer with their children  We also need folks who can help us set up our field camp and move supplies.   Learn all about it and register on-line  HERE

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CALLING ALL RIVER ENTHUSIASTS! Join us for Stream Investigations in Alamance Co. this summer

FREE and open to the public.  For more information call 919-542-5790 or email watershededucationcoordinator@gmail.com

JULY 22         at  Great Bend Park Meet at gravel parking lot beside future Glencoe Nature Center, 2378 River Road, Burlington
JULY 29         at  Saxapahaw island under the bridge. Walk to bridge in Saxapahaw, and follow Haw River Assembly signs
AUGUST 19   at  Great Bend Park Meet at gravel parking lot beside future Glencoe Nature Center, 2378 River Road, Burlington

Dry4 20071116 TK Heptageniidae a2_v-co       Tracy River Social

Come have some summer fun at the river and learn to be a water quality citizen scientists! These events are free to the public, and give people – including  children and families – an opportunity to take a hike near the river while learning about the health of the river’s environment. Join HRA Watershed Education Coordinator, Tracy DeVoe to investigate the insect other  life in the river, do some water tests and assess the health of the river

Participants should bring water bottles, water shoes, clothes they won’t mind getting wet in, a change of clothes, sunscreen and bug spray. All children must be accompanied by adults.

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Haw River Assembly Wins Injunction on Fracking Permits by North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission

May 20 , 2015    Wake County Superior Court today stayed a constitutional challenge to the state’s Mining and Energy Commission by the Haw River Assembly and a Lee County landowner pending a decision in the appeal of McCrory v. Berger or until further order of the court. During the stay, the MEC is enjoined from accepting or processing permit applications for drilling units and from creating any drilling units. This effectively reinstates the moratorium on fracking in North Carolina.  Read the full PRESS RELEASE about the injunction. Read the full Haw River v. MEC court order.

The lawsuit against the MEC charges that the commission violates the separation of powers provision of the North Carolina Constitution because a majority of the commission’s members are political appointees by the legislature, and that the fracking rules, created by an unconstitutional commission, are therefore null and void. (Read the  press release concerning the lawsuit and the full  legal complaint)

“Today’s decision stopped any immediate harm to North Carolina residents from a commission formed by the state legislature in violation of the separation of powers firmly established in our state constitution pending further court deliberations,” said John Suttles, the senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center who represented the Haw River Assembly and Lee County property owner Keely Wood Puricz before the court.


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Hike and Paddle the Haw!

Go to our Recreation page to find out about paddle access and hiking trails – and enjoy this beautiful river!

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Saxapahaw - transformation of a mill village on the Haw

Mac Jordan, grandson of B. Everett Jordan (mill owner and  US Senator) grew up in Saxapahaw and has been the guiding force behind the village’s transformation from mill  village to a thriving arts, food  and music community.  He presented a slide show at our Annual Meeting on Nov. 2 that captures the past and present in photos. Click on this link to view:  SaxapahawHRA2014

Picture1Another look at  history, conservation and tourism can be seen in a video created by Elon University students, Haw River  Then and Now  http://www.cdonohue.com/haw-river-then-now/

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