Join a team or start one of your own to clean-up trash from the Haw River, it’s tributaries and Jordan Lake. This is the 27th year of our Clean-Up-A-Thon and our volunteers have pulled tons of trash from the riverbanks and waters since we started. You can get involved as a volunteer, team leader or by being a business sponsor ($25 or more). Read more at http://hawriver.org/projects/river-cleanup/
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 all 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 35th year comes at a time when the challenges of protecting the river will be made harder by a federal government that has vowed to weaken environmental regulations and agencies. We won’t back down in our work for clean water, and we hope you will join us!
Donate to HRA, Celebrating our 35th Anniversary
Help us meet our goal of $35,000 in our 35th year of protecting and defending the river.
Simply click the Donate button below to give any amount you choose to HRA.
The Haw Riverkeeper made a presentation to the Town of Pittsboro advisory committee that is reviewing Chatham Park’s”Additional Elements to the Master Plan. The presentation focused on the insufficient environmental protections and lack of detailed information in the Open Space and Stormwater Additional Elements, on behalf of both the Haw River Assembly and Pittsboro Matters
Click HERE to view the presentation
And in Pittsboro’s drinking water
The Haw River Assembly continues to be concerned about the presence of 1,4-Dioxane in Pittsboro’s drinking water, which it takes from the Haw River. 1,4-Dioxane is an industrial solvent that has been entering the Haw River via upriver municipal wastewater treatment plants for many years. Monitoring by scientists has shown it to be in high levels in the Haw River. Traditional treatment methods for drinking water do not remove this contaminant. There has recently been some progress in the reduction of the contamination in the river, and in a decision by the Town of Pittsboro to upgrade its treatment methods.
(Dr. Knappe and students taking samples of Haw River water from Bynum Bridge)
Dr. Detlef Knappe of NC State University presented his latest research on this industrial solvent, to Pittsboro’s Board of Commissioners on Mon. Nov. 28. Latest data shows that the level in PIttsboro’s drinking water, (which uses the Haw River as its source) is now at lower levels, though still too high according to new EPA guidance. It appears that the spotlight on this issue has resulted in lower amounts being flushed by industries into upriver wastewater treatment systems. More needs to be done to stop this pollution at the source, but in the meantime Pittsboro has decided to safeguard its drinking water by adding activated carbon to the treatment methods, which will better protect public health. Read more on this issue in “Tainted Waters“, in NC Health News
Factsheet about 1,4-Dioxane online.at the EPA website.
The Haw River Assembly has published a guide to access areas and natural history for the beautiful public NC State Park lands along the Haw River in Chatham County. Download a copy of it at: