Sludge in Our Waters

“Sludge In Our Waters” is a new report from Waterkeepers Carolina that investigates how industrial chemicals in municipal wastewater sewage sludge contaminate surface waters in North Carolina when it runs off of agricultural fields into streams. Elaine Chiosso, Haw Riverkeeper and Sam Perkins, Catawba Riverkeeper are the co-authors.  Accompanying the report is a new mapping tool that shows locations of permitted sludge fields in North Carolina; the map also has an overlay of river basins and other features. The report is intended to inform the public and policy makers about the potential pathways to human and environmental contamination from sludge applications,with recommendations for changing our current practices.


Read the Press Release here.


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Crowdfunding Campaign 2015 - for the Haw River Learning Celebration!

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Our 26th Haw River Learning Celebration is now in its 3rd week up on the river north of Greensboro!  From from September 20 – October 9  our amazing annual 3 week long river education program for 4th graders takes place along the Haw. Over 40,000 kids have come out to  this wonderful field trip since 1990, but WE NEED YOUR HELP to make it happen.  We have a goal to raise $5000 by the time it ends, to help pay for staff, site fees, food, and all the educational and field supplies we will need!  Please pitch in and make sure over a thousand kids get to come once again to this “BEST FIELD TRIP EVER!!!)  

We’re up to $4,100!  Can you help us get to our goal of $5000?


Or send your check to HRA to P.O. Box 187 Bynum NC 27228

REI Photo                                                     Want to be a volunteer with the Learning Celebration this year?

 Join our amazing crew of volunteers who make it happen. Come for a day or more, or camp out with us by the river for a week!  It’s an experience you’ll never forget! Families are welcome to volunteer with their children  We also need folks who can help us set up our field camp and move supplies.  We especially need volunteers for our third week (October 4- 9)  at our site north of Greensboro.  Learn all about it and register on-line  HERE

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Haw River Assembly Wins Injunction on Fracking Permits by North Carolina Mining and Energy Commission

May 20 , 2015    Wake County Superior Court today stayed a constitutional challenge to the state’s Mining and Energy Commission by the Haw River Assembly and a Lee County landowner pending a decision in the appeal of McCrory v. Berger or until further order of the court. During the stay, the MEC is enjoined from accepting or processing permit applications for drilling units and from creating any drilling units. This effectively reinstates the moratorium on fracking in North Carolina.  Read the full PRESS RELEASE about the injunction. Read the full Haw River v. MEC court order.

The lawsuit against the MEC charges that the commission violates the separation of powers provision of the North Carolina Constitution because a majority of the commission’s members are political appointees by the legislature, and that the fracking rules, created by an unconstitutional commission, are therefore null and void. (Read the  press release concerning the lawsuit and the full  legal complaint)

“Today’s decision stopped any immediate harm to North Carolina residents from a commission formed by the state legislature in violation of the separation of powers firmly established in our state constitution pending further court deliberations,” said John Suttles, the senior attorney at the Southern Environmental Law Center who represented the Haw River Assembly and Lee County property owner Keely Wood Puricz before the court.


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Hike and Paddle the Haw!

Go to our Recreation page to find out about paddle access and hiking trails – and enjoy this beautiful river!

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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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