The 24th Haw River Clean-Up is on Saturday March 15. Join the hundreds of volunteers who will be getting the trash out of the river from the headwaters down to Jordan Lake. We supply the bags.gloves and logistics, you supply the power! Join an existing team or form one of your own. To take part, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know where you live (so we can match you up with a team close by) or if you want to clean up a new site.
The Haw River Clean-Up is sponsored by local businesses who care about clean water. Our thanks to these businesses who have already become sponsors: Additions Plus * Benjamin Vineyards and Winery * Bish Enterprises * Cure Nursery * Crosswinds Boating Center, Jordan Lake * Furniture Lab * Haw River Canoe and Kayak Co. * Lynn Hayes Realty * Mellow Marsh * Dr. Rouse Wilson DDS
Let us know if you want to become one too – email@example.com.
The massive 3.5 million gallon raw sewage spill into the Haw River last week from a broken 55 year old pipe at Burlington’s wastewater treatment plant was an environmental disaster. Winter is the only thing that has kept this from being a public health disaster as well. Cold water temperatures and dilution from winter river levels will limit the growth of pathogens from human waste, but there is no “away”. Downstream impacts on algae growth, and threats to drinking water and aquatic life will continue for some time.
The fact that the public was not informed about this until Thursday, following DENR’s advice to the city is unacceptable and was in violation of NC law. We need to put public notification and safety first when it comes to water pollution events, whether it’s a chemical spill in West Virginia or raw sewage in NC. Read the Haw Riverkeeper comments to ERCon Burlingon spill at the legislative hearing in Raleigh Monday, Jan. 17.
Join the growing movement to RE-THINK Chatham Park. HRA does not believe that the enormous 7120 acres between Pittsboro and Jordan Lake (and the Haw) should be re-zoned as requested by the developers. A city of 55,000 would have multiple negative impacts on our waters – including Jordan Lake, the Haw River and Robeson Creek. Please join us and the many groups and individuals working together as “Pittsboro Matters” for a better vision for our community. Ask the Pittsboro Town Board to consider all impacts to our area -including water resources and pollution – before making decisions that could impact us forever. For more information go to: PittsboroMatters.org
To see a detailed slide show by the Haw Riverkeeper of the impacts Chatham Park could have on our waters – both water quality and quantity, go to Water Issues – Chatham Park
Want a yard sign to display like this one? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a pickup.
You can make a donation for the Pittsboro Matters campaign, through HRA online – go to Support
Haw River Assembly Summer Camps
for Youth ages 8 – 12
June 16–June 20 and July 14–July 18
The Haw River Assembly will be partnering up again this year with Haw River Canoe and Kayak Company in Saxapahaw for an incredible two weeks of adventure, exploration, and river fun! Each week is designed to provide opportunities for discovery that will enable campers to connect with the Haw River, with nature, and instill a sense of stewardship through engaging adventures. A special overnight camping trip has been added to Thursday night of each week. We are going to have and incredible two weeks and can’t wait to see you there! HRA Summer Camps are from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. For more information click for Summer Camp or email Tracy at email@example.com or call us at 919 542-5790
Want to learn more about how fracking could impact North Carolina’s water and people?
For current information and updates, to sign a petition and to join with the Haw River Assembly and thousands across NC on this issue, go to the Frack Free NC alliance website http://frackfreenc.org/
Who’s Been Hurt By Fracking and Gas Development?
See the truth at “List of the Harmed” The oil and gas industry says that reports of well contamination and other impacts of drilling, fracking, wastewater, air contamination and health effects are exaggerated and undocumented. The Pennsylvania Alliance for Clean Water and Air continues to compile the “List of the Harmed” from news reports and contacts across the US. Now including 1,700 reports, each with the names of actual people harmed, their location, the responsible oil and gas operator, and the specific impact, the List also provides web links for further information and media stories.
Do you want North Carolina added to the reports on the “List of the Harmed” by allowing development of our state’s shallow, fractured shale formations? Fracking in NC would occur in areas where the population density is much higher than most regions where unconventional gas development has occurred. To see who is working on preventing fracking and gas development in NC, and to get involved, visit frackfreenc.org.
View Haw Riverkeeper’s HRA Frack Slideshow on the impacts FRACKING could have on NC’s water, air, land and people, including dangers of deep underground injection of fracking wastewater with its cocktail of chemicals.