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.
The Haw River Assembly started back in 1982 and we’ve been going strong ever since! We have over a thousand members and volunteers that live in the 8 counties that are part of our watershed – Guilford, Rockingham, Caswell, Alamance, Orange, Chatham, Durham and Wake (and a tiny bit of Forsyth where the headwater springs start). We are a leading advocacy voice for clean water and stronger protections for the Haw River and Jordan Lake and the tributaries that feed them. Volunteers help us put on an annual river program for 4th graders, take part in our stream monitoring project, clean up trash from our streams and much more. Our Haw Riverkeeper leads the fight against industrial contaminants, sediment and nutrient pollution in our waters, and the new threat to Alamance and Rockingham counties by the proposed MVP Southgate pipeline. We won’t back down in our work for clean water, and we hope you will join us! Our work is made possible by the support of our volunteers and membership donations. Join us in protecting this beautiful and life supporting resource.
The Haw River Assembly (HRA) believes that the public deserves to know that the Town of Pittsboro and Chatham Park have brought contested cases before the Office of Administrative Hearing in regards to the May 3, 2018 letter from NC Division of Water Quality. The letter informed Pittsboro that they needed to follow the mitigation strategies for new development (north of Hwy 64) for greater protections for the Haw River, especially wider stream buffers and enhanced stormwater management. Pittsboro had committed to these strategies in the EIS (environmental impact statement) that was part of their 2010 NPDES (wastewater) permit. Through public record requests we have found out about the contested cases and that there is a stay on the cases while discussions take place between the parties. All of us who will be impacted by Chatham Park development need to know what is being discussed, and how it will impact the protection of land and waters.
Read more at http://hawriver.org/river-issues/chatham-park/
The Haw River has claimed the lives of paddlers and swimmers over the years. Earlier this spring, Chatham County emergency personnel rescued a kayaker during high waters. Don’t swim when the water is high, and for paddlers, check the river gauges and river level safety information HERE
The Mountain Valley Pipeline project, a fracked gas pipeline ending in Virginia, is being extended to include an additional 70 miles, going through Rockingham and Alamance Counties. The pipeline would cross streams, and run adjacent to the Haw through parts of Rockingham and Alamance counties. Landowners who refuse to sign contracts could face the pipeline going through their land by eminent domaine. MVP has not yet gotten the more than 20 federal and state permits needed to proceed – we are getting out in front to gather information and organize resistance. See proposed route and read more :
Support the Haw River Learning Celebration – Volunteers and Donations Needed!
Help us raise $5,000 to keep the Learning Celebration Flowing! Donate today!
2018 Learning Celebration dates:
Bynum – Sept 22-28
Saxapahaw – Sept 29- Oct 5
Camp Guilrock – Oct 7-12
Muddy Water Watch Project
As our watershed continues to be developed at an alarming rate, the Haw and its tributaries are facing the negative impacts of sediment pollution. Increased development means an increase in construction stormwater runoff, which is the leading water pollution problem in the nation, according to a 2008 report from the E.P.A.
To protect our watershed from this pollution problem, we are re-launching our Muddy Water Watch project, partnering with county sediment and erosion control officials to document and report potential sediment violations. Join us!
For more information on the project, click here.