Haw River still high

The Haw River is still running high after recent rains, but is now dropping. It  is still considered at dangerous levels for paddling, though it may reach safe levels later this weekend.   Caution is  currently advised for paddlers due to high water level and stormwater pollution.

CAUTION to PADDLERS: The Haw River is very dangerous at high flow.  Go to the USGS  current conditions at Bynum  to check the current river level.   Open boats such as canoes should not put in when the water is above 5.7 feet on the Bynum gauge. When the river is between 5.1 and 5.7, experience in controlling a boat in whitewater is necessary.  Even experienced kayakers can get in trouble in high water where floating and submerged trees create major hazards.   Novices with little white water experience should stay out when the gauge is above normal flow -about 4.7 feet. ALWAYS WEAR A PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICE!  Helmets are recommended in whitewater.

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Haw River Rocks!

What created the rock outcroppings in the Haw? What kind of rocks are they?  How old are they? These and many more questions are answered in the new  Haw River Geology Guide. Phil Bradley, Piedmont Geologist with the North Carolina Geological Survey has just released a  geologic guide to the Lower Haw River State Natural Area.  This is fascinating reading for anyone interested in the ancient history of  the Haw River,  and includes maps and photos.

This field guide looks at two separate stretches of the Haw River within the Lower Haw River State Natural Area in the vicinity of the Hwy 64 bridge crossing in Chatham County. with interpretations of various outcrops and landforms along the river. This portion of the Haw River is located within the Hyco Formation of the Carolina terrane. Generally, the Hyco Formation includes metamorphosed volcanic, volcaniclastic-sedimentary and intrusive rocks associated with a volcanic island arc active around 630-612 million years ago.



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Thanks to all for a GREAT Haw River Festival!

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It was a beautiful day on the river! Thanks to everyone that came out and thanks to all the Silent Auction donors,  and to Get Outdoors in Greensboro for the donation of the Perception kayak we raffled off, (and to Saxapahaw General  Store for advance ticket sales). Much appreciation to Paperhand Puppets for our parade and to all the musicians – Village Band of Chapel Hill, Tim Smith Band, CounterclockwiseString Band , and Diali Cissokho for filling the day with beautiful sounds.

Many thanks to ALL our great volunteers – and finally, to Saturdays in Saxapahaw for letting us kick off their season with our festival.  You can come back to Saxapahaw all summer long for music and the market, every Saturday, 5 -8 pm!


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The Haw River Assembly turns 35!

The Haw River Assembly started back in 1982 and we’ve been going strong ever since! We have over a thousand members and volunteers that live in the 8 counties that are part of our watershed – Guilford, Rockingham, Caswell, Alamance, Orange, Chatham, Durham and Wake (and a tiny bit of Forsyth where the headwater springs start).  We are a leading advocacy voice for clean water and stronger protections for the Haw River and Jordan Lake and all the tributaries that feed them.  Volunteers help us put on an annual river program for 4th graders, take part in our stream monitoring project, clean up trash from our streams and much more.  Our 35th year comes at a time when the challenges of protecting the river will be made harder by a federal government that has vowed to weaken environmental regulations and agencies. We won’t back down in our work for clean water, and we hope you will join us!


Donate to HRA, Celebrating our 35th Anniversary

Help us meet our goal of $35,000 in our 35th year of protecting and defending the river.
Simply click the Donate button below to give any amount you choose to HRA.

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Another GREAT Haw River Trash Clean-up

Great work by our Haw River Clean-up Teams !

20 teams with a total of 309 volunteers removed 445 bags of trash and recycling, 75 tires, and lots of other junk from the creeks, riverbanks, shorelines, and islands of the Haw River and Jordan Lake!- in Alamance, Orange, Durham and Chatham counties.  Thanks to all these amazing volunteers!  More photos and details here on the River Clean-up page.

Girl Scout Troop 1006 on the Bynum Bridge


Financial support from 34 local businesses and individual sponsors pays for clean-up supplies and helps the Haw River Assembly continue our work all year to protect the river & Jordan Lake. See the full list of sponsors  here.


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