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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Announcing the 30th Annual Haw River Festival - May 4th in Saxapahaw

Join the Haw River Assembly in Saxapahaw from 4-8 pm on Saturday, May 4th for an afternoon of live music, the opening of the Saturdays in Saxapahaw market season, a Paperhand Puppet parade, a guided river walk, canoe rides for kids, a kayak raffle, a silent auction, food trucks, and more! The Haw River Festival is FREE, and all donations collected during the festival support the Haw River Assembly’s work to protect the river. Each year over 1,000 people come out for this annual celebration of the river! This event kicks off the fifteenth season of Saturdays in Saxapahaw, a summer long market and music festival.


Music Lineup:

The festival kicks off at 4 pm with Triangle Afrobeat Orchestra’s eclectic mix of African percussion and Jazz, followed by the warm and folksy three part harmonies of Honey Magpie. Ragweed Brass will round off the lineup with their take on old-time American music from the early 20th century, featuring a banjo and a trombone!

For more info click HERE.

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Let's Speak for the Trees in Chatham Park!

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Sign the Petition to Town of Pittsboro Asking for Better Tree and Water Protections in Chatham Park 

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Nearly 200 people turned out to Speak for the Trees  in Pittsboro, on February 15 to show the Town Board our support for saving more trees in Chatham Park .  Much thanks to everyone for coming and to Jan Burger and other folks from Paperhand Puppet for all the art and puppets!

Watch a short video https://youtu.be/KJmCWJuMP5A  about the Chatham Park Tree Protection issue – with footage from the Procession of the Trees (produced by Amanda Roberson with her footage, plus video and photos by Peter Theye, Mark Barroso and Gary Simpson).

See a photos of the event. taken by Gary Simpson  https://www.dropbox.com/sh/q89ryruyjj90kpc/AACpj2YhokY7ZJNfX203uJfia?dl=0

Chatham Park has submitted yet another revised version of their Tree Protection Additional Element to the Pittsboro Town Board.  It has not yet been voted on, so we urge you to take this opportunity to let the Town of Pittsboro know that the proposed Tree Coverage is completely inadequate.  You can sign up to speak during “Citizens’ Matters at their next Pittsboro Town Board meeting on Monday Feb. 25.  The town website is https://pittsboronc.gov/

Chatham Park could end up with less trees than any other city in NC, a particularly tragic fate for this beautiful forestland along the Haw River and Jordan Lake. You don’t have to be a resident of Pittsboro to speak up. Much of Chatham County will be impacted by Chatham Park’s air and water pollution, and people throughout the region will feel the effects, including recreation and drinking water users of the Haw River and Jordan Lake.  Read more and find Town Board contact info:  Chatham Park – Where are the Trees?

More at http://hawriver.org/river-issues/chatham-park/

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Haw River Cleanup Success!

Over 450 volunteers joined our 29thAnnual Haw River Clean Up A Thon on March 16th!

There was no shortage of work to do to remove tires, plastic bottles, and all sorts of wild objects like TV sets, car bumpers, coolers, and balls from the Haw River and the creeks that flow into it, especially given the frequent flooding and multiple hurricanes that have occurred since our last cleanup.  Teams of families, boy scouts and girl scouts, environmental clubs, neighborhood groups, church groups, and residents from Guilford County to Durham County and everywhere in between turned out at 30 different locations with incredible enthusiasm and love for the Haw River Watershed, and they removed 606 bags of trash and recycling!

To see more visit http://hawriver.org/projects/river-cleanup/.



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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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Alamance and Rockingham counties are in the Path of a Proposed Fracked Gas Pipeline

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 — and the state has now told FERC that they do not think the pipeline is needed. Our organizing efforts have brought together a large number of landowners and residents of these counties, and convinced the Alamance County Commissioners to vote to oppose the pipeline. Read more at:  .http://hawriver.org/river-issues/mountain-valley-pipeline-proposal


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