Haw River Assembly protects the Haw River Watershed.
This includes nine hundred and twenty miles of streams feeding into the Haw along the 110 miles of the river, the 14,000 acres of Jordan Lake, and the plants, animals, and people who depend on the river.
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 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 Haw Riverkeeper leads the fight against industrial contaminants, sediment and nutrient pollution in our waters, and the new threat to Alamance and Rockingham counties by the proposed MVP Southgate pipeline. We won’t back down in our work for clean water, and we hope you will join us! Our work is made possible by the support of our volunteers and membership donations. Join us in protecting this beautiful and life supporting resource.
The Haw River has claimed the lives of paddlers and swimmers over the years. Earlier this spring, Chatham County emergency personnel rescued a kayaker during high waters. Don’t swim when the water is high, and for paddlers, check the river gauges and river level safety information HERE
The Mountain Valley Pipeline project, a fracked gas pipeline ending in Virginia, is being extended to include an additional 70 miles, going through Rockingham and Alamance Counties. The pipeline would cross streams, and run adjacent to the Haw through parts of Rockingham and Alamance counties. Landowners who refuse to sign contracts could face the pipeline going through their land by eminent domaine. MVP has not yet gotten the more than 20 federal and state permits needed to proceed – we are getting out in front to gather information and organize resistance. See proposed route and read more :
The 2018 Learning Celebration is coming soon … save the date!
Bynum – Sept 22-28
Saxapahaw – Sept 29- Oct 5
Camp Guilrock – Oct 7-12
Join the Haw River Learning Celebration Volunteer Crew! Volunteer Registration is now open.
This unique three-week riverside educational program gets kids outside into nature and inspires them to be the next generation of conservationists. Our volunteer guides use nature as the classroom – for many children, this is their first experience hiking through a forest and along a river. We provide on-site training and orientation. Haw River Assembly brings the infrastructure to create a campsite for volunteers and activities for the students who come for day-long field trips. This exceptional program has earned much acclaim since its beginning in 1990 and is thought of by many students and teachers to be the BEST FIELD TRIP EVER.* Read More: http://hawriver.org/projects/4th-grade-field-trip/
Muddy Water Watch Project
As our watershed continues to be developed at an alarming rate, the Haw and its tributaries are facing the negative impacts of sediment pollution. Increased development means an increase in construction stormwater runoff, which is the leading water pollution problem in the nation, according to a 2008 report from the E.P.A.
To protect our watershed from this pollution problem, we are re-launching our Muddy Water Watch project, partnering with county sediment and erosion control officials to document and report potential sediment violations. Join us!
For more information on the project, click here.
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.