Haw River Assembly protects the Haw River Watershed.

This includes nine hundred and twenty miles of streams feeding into the Haw along the 110 miles of the river, the 14,000 acres of Jordan Lake, and the plants, animals, and people who depend on the river.

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Learn About Current Watershed Issues


NC DEQ denies critical permit for MVP

Department of Environmental Quality has denied the 401 certification permit (stream crossings) for the MVP Southgate project, a fracked gas pipeline proposal that would cross nearly one hundred streams and wetlands in the Haw River basin. With no Draft Environmental Impact Study published, MVP Southgate representatives have been denied this critical permit. They will be allowed to reapply after the Draft Environmental Impact Study has been reviewed. This denial and delay allows NC DEQ to retain their ability to deny or approve permits that have conditions dependent on the 401 certification.

MVP Southgate will reapply for this permit after the Draft Environmental Impact Statement is released in July and reviewed. To be clear, this fight is not over. We are thankful that DEQ is asking for more information and refusing the approve a permit without adequate documentation like other states have done.  READ MORE


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We're Hiring! Event and Outreach Coordinator Position is Open

The Haw River Assembly is seeking applicants for our Event  and Outreach Coordinator position. The Event and Outreach Coordinator organizes our programs for schools and public events including our annual river clean-up, the Haw River Festival, and other outreach activities. A key component of this job is the organizing and on-site coordination of our annual 3 week Learning Celebration program for schools on the Haw River each fall. The Coordinator camps onsite for the three weeks with the volunteers and other staff. View the full job description with details for submission.   Applications due Monday, June 24.

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Check out our new Swim Guide program!

Find a map of our beaches here!

Haw River Assembly staff and interns monitor water quality at sites in this region. Sampling season starts May 10th and ends September 10th. Donate here to help us cover sampling costs!

Find out more about the program here.

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Disappointing Vote for the Trees in Chatham Park!

The Pittsboro Town Board passed the Tree Protection Element Monday night after a last round of lengthy discussions. Mayor Perry, and Board members John Bonitz and Bett Wilson made a valiant attempt to get Chatham Park’s lawyer and consultant to put language in the Element that would protect more of the existing trees, but in the end, could not get a third vote from Board members Michael Fiocco, Pamela Baldwin or Jay Farrell.
Still–it’s a stronger ordinance than it would have been without so much advocacy from the community,  and the efforts of our allies on the Board.  More of the existing forest near the Haw River will be preserved, and every tree we saved counts. We have raised awareness about the importance of trees and forests for our water, air, wildlife, climate change mitigation and our own health.  We will continue to challenge Chatham Park to be protective of the environment, as new decisions are made about how they will develop.
We will continue to Speak for the Trees and the River

See more about environmental issues in Chatham Park  http://hawriver.org/river-issues/chatham-park/


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Industrial Contaminants in Drinking Water

Our continuing concern about industrial contaminants in the Haw River – and in Pittsboro’s drinking water.We have a new handout on our concerns about the levels of PFAS and 1.4-dioxane in the Haw River. Pittsboro is the only municipality in our watershed that uses the Haw River as it’s source for drinking water. Contamination from industrial chemicals in the upper part of the Haw River watershed are exceeding EPA health guidance standards and are also contaminating drinking water sources in downstream communities on the Cape Fear River (which the Haw flows into) including Fayetteville and Wilmington

Read “How Safe is Pittsboro’s Drinking Water?”

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