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! We’ll post the final tally and photos after we get it all compiled .. plus entries for the WEIRDEST TRASH found!
The Clean Jordan Lake team postponed until March 28 – so you still have a chance to take part in the clean-up go to http://www.meetup.com/helpcleanjordanlake/ to find out more.
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 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 Swanson and Associates, P.A. Townsend Bertram & Company Weaver Street Realty
State Public Hearings in April on Coal Ash Dumps in Chatham and Lee
Two public hearings will be held by the state in April to gather comments on all state-required approvals fpr Duke Energy’s plan to landfill coal ash in Chatham Couty. These include water quality certificate, structural fill permits and mining permit modifications.
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 move20 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. The Board of County Commissions of both Chatham and Lee counties have passed resolutions opposing Duke’s plan. it.
Plan to come to the Public Hearings in April and also send comments to the Army Corps of Engineers before April 6 with concerns about Duke and Charah’s 404 water quality pemit and demand they hold a public hearing on it .
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.”
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.
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
Another 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/