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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Haw River Festival in Saxapahaw - May 2

Haw River Festival 2014 2842015 HRF

    Saturday May 2  

   4 – 8  p.m         

 River fun, live music,

great food!      

Get Directions here

Want to volunteer?

Email info@hawriver.org







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State Public Hearings April 13 and 16 on Coal Ash Dumps in Chatham and Lee

Get  Talking Points and  read  HRA comments on the 401 permit  for information you can use in your comments

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Two public hearings will be held by the state Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)   in April to gather comments on all state-required approvals for Duke Energy’s plan to landfill coal ash in Chatham and Lee counties.  These include the 401 water quality certificate, structural fill permits and mining permit modifications.  Written comments are due May 16.

All permit application information is on-line at DENR’s website:   http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/guest/coal-ash-disposal

The hearings will be from 6-9 p.m. with sign-up for speakers beginning at 5 p.m.

Hearing dates and locations are:

April 13 at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center, 1801 Nash St., Sanford.·

April 16 at the Chatham County Historic Courthouse, 40 East Chatham St., Pittsboro.

Duke Energy and their contractor, Charah,  plan to move 12 million 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.   The Board of County Commissions of both Chatham and Lee counties have passed resolutions opposing Duke’s plan.

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Pittsboro Matters demands a stop work order on Chatham Park bypass




Pittsboro Matters  has asked the Town of Pittsboro to issue a “Stop Work” order for Chatham Park Investors to immediately halt their highway construction work currently going on just north of the US 64 bypass, including a proposed overpass at that location. In a letter sent to the Town, Pittsboro Matters Attorney Bob Hornik spelled out why this highway and overpass construction violated the terms of the Chatham Park PDD Master Plan, which requires detailed site plans, extensive review and Town Board approval before such construction can begin.

Hornik wrote that if he does not receive a response from the Town by April 6 indicating that the “Stop Work” order has been issued, Pittsboro Matters is “prepared to ask the Court to intervene, and to issue an injunction to stop the work until such time as the legal issues about compliance of the work with the Master Plan is resolved.”

The Chatham Park Bypass would connect to the proposed  “North Village”, in the area where some of the most significant forest adjacent to the Haw River is  located – and of great concern to the Haw River Assembly that it be better protected.

 To read more, and donate to the legal fund go to http://pittsboromatters.org/


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The 2015 Haw River Clean-up!

Our 25th annual Haw River clean-up was held under rainy skies on  Saturday March 14 – some teams waited until Sunday’s sunshine!  It was another great effort – and we thank all the volunteers who came out and helped, including youth groups, communities along the river and intrepid paddlers! 15 teams tool part this year with 254volunteers  that picked up 518 bags and  153 tires, along with lots of other junk.

The Clean Jordan Lake team postponed until March 28, and had a terrific day with 110 volunteers that picked up 300 bagts of trash and 140 tires   Go to http://www.meetup.com/helpcleanjordanlake/  to see more on their efforts.

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Our 2015 Business Sponsors –Thank you VERY much!

AbunDance Healing Arts       Additions Plus      Alicia Ravetto Architect    Benjamin Vineyards and Winery       Bish Enterprises      Carolina Country Builders      Carrburritos       Cure Nursery      Doug’s Auto and Tire   FurnitureLab         Grove Winery        Handy Village Institute          Haw River Canoe and Kayak Company    Hobbs Architects   Jones Architecture   Lynn Hayes Properties   Marcoplos Construction   Mellow Marsh Farm   Pittsboro Toys      N. Rouse Wilson III, DDS         Saxaphaw Rivermill Apartments        Saxapahaw General Store  Space Builders       Susan Delaney, ND         Swanson and Associates, P.A.        Townsend Bertram and Company      Weaver Street Realty

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