Join the 2015 Haw River Clean-up!

Our annual Haw River clean-up will be held on Saturday March 14 this year. Join volunteers cleaning up trash on trails along the Haw and its creeks and at Jordan Lake.  We welcome local businesses to be sponsors of this event!      Find out moreHaw Cleanup 2013 131       2013Sax homeschool   Haw Cleanup 2013 195

Our 2015 Business Sponsors (so far!)   Benjamin Vineyards and Winery, Bish Enterprises, FurnitureLab, Haw River Canoe and Kayak Company, Hobbs Architects, Lynn Hayes Properties, Marcoplos Construction, Mellow Marsh Farm, Swanson and Associates, P.A., Weaver Street Realty

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NO to Duke's plan to dump coal ash in Chatham and Lee

Will We Be the Ash Tray for NC?

Duke Energy plans to move 20 million of tons of coal ash from across the state to Chatham and  Lee counties near Moncure and Sanford. The clay/shale  pits that would be be turned into ash pits near Brickhaven are in the Cape Fear watershed close to the Haw River.  NC laws on coal ash do not require the kind of environmental analysis of these sites that is absolutely necessary. The Board of County Commissions of both Chatham and Lee counties have passed resolutions opposing Duke’s plan, and citizens are organizing to stop it.

140 million tons of coal ash are threatening waters across NC at 14 sites – including 5 ash ponds on the upper Cape Fear River near Moncure.  But we can’t make this rural community in Chatham-Lee the sacrifice zone – and ash tray- for the state.  Duke Energy needs to clean up its current mess without putting even more communities and water at risk.


Article in the Raleigh News & Observer, Sunday January 11  “Chatham. Lee prepare to fight coal ash plan”




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Haw River Assembly Challenges Constitutionality of North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission

Lawsuit Contends Legislative Appointments to the Commission Violate Separation of Powers in North Carolina Constitution

The Southern Environmental Law Center filed a lawsuit January 5 on behalf of the Haw River Assembly and Lee County property owner Keely Wood Puricz, that challenged the constitutionality of North Carolina’s Mining and Energy Commission in Wake County Superior Court. Given that a majority of the commission’s members are political appointees by the legislature, the lawsuit charges that the commission violates the separation of powers provision of the North Carolina Constitution.

“This attempt by the North Carolina legislature to expand its legislative power and usurp executive authority violates the separation of powers firmly established in our state constitution,” said Derb Carter, senior attorney and director of the North Carolina offices of the Southern Environmental Law Center.   “As a result, we have a commission making important decisions about the future of North Carolina that is ultimately accountable to no one.”

Read the full press release          Read the filed legal complaint

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Pittsboro Matters files Second Lawsuit about Chatham Park approval

Pittsboro Matters has filed a Second Lawsuit challenging the approval by PIttsboro for Chatham Park 

  Pittsboro Matters filed a second lawsuit challenging significant deficiencies in the re-zoning approval for Chatham Park by the Town of Pittsboro.  This followed a new approval process and public hearing  held this fall due to changes brought by Chatham Park (more land added, and some language changed).  The Pittsboro Board of Commissioners voted 4-5 to rubber stamp the development again, even though they had the opportunity to make significant improvements in how this project would go forward, and had been urged by town and county citizens to do so.

Chatham Park Investors plan to build  a massive development on the edge of Pittsboro and adjacent to the Haw River and Jordan Lake, which supply drinking water to Pittsboro and the Triangle. Current plans call for up to 22,000 homes (to house 55,000 people) and 22 million square feet of commercial space. Chatham Park would increase Pittsboro’s population 15-fold, transforming it into a new city the size of Chapel Hill. The proposed commercial space alone is 16 times greater than the shopping space of South Point Mall.

Go to the Pittsboro Matters website to read more, see a great new video “Save Our Amazing Small Town”  and to support the lawsuit.



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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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