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.

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Join the Haw River Clean Up A Thon - March 16, 2019

Volunteer to clean up the banks of local creeks and streams and the Haw River for our 29th Annual Haw River Clean Up A Thon on Saturday, March 16th!

Create a team or join an existing team at cleanup sites in Guilford, Alamance, Chatham, Orange, and Durham counties, including Greensboro, Mebane,  Saxapahaw, Chapel Hill, Durham, and Pittsboro, and more! Youth volunteer teams are welcome with the supervision of adults. Haw River Assembly provides gloves, bags, assistance with post-event trash pickup, and support with finding cleanup locations! You can create your own team, or individuals can join existing teams!

Email Erin Jobe at erin@hawriver.org to get involved, and visit http://hawriver.org/projects/river-cleanup/ for more information!

Mebane Women’s Club team at Lake Michael Park

Town and Country Park volunteers

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Industrial Contaminants in Drinking Water

Our continuing concern about industrial contaminants in the Haw River – and in Pittsboro’s drinking water.We have a new handout on our concerns about the levels of PFAS and 1.4-dioxane in the Haw River. Pittsboro is the only municipality in our watershed that uses the Haw River as it’s source for drinking water. Contamination from industrial chemicals in the upper part of the Haw River watershed are exceeding EPA health guidance standards and are also contaminating drinking water sources in downstream communities on the Cape Fear River (which the Haw flows into) including Fayetteville and Wilmington

Read “How Safe is Pittsboro’s Drinking Water?”

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Alamance and Rockingham counties are in the Path of a Proposed Fracked Gas Pipeline

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 — and the state has now told FERC that they do not think the pipeline is needed. Our organizing efforts have brought together a large number of landowners and residents of these counties, and convinced the Alamance County Commissioners to vote to oppose the pipeline. Read more at:  .http://hawriver.org/river-issues/mountain-valley-pipeline-proposal


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Pittsboro and Chatham Park File Contested Cases Against the State

HRA and SELC Intervene to Protect Haw River and Jordan Lake from
Impacts of Massive Chatham Park Development in Pittsboro

On behalf of the Haw River Assembly, the Southern Environmental Law Center filed a motion today to intervene with the Office of Administrative Hearings in proceedings over whether the small Town of Pittsboro will honor its commitments to protect the Haw River and Jordan Lake, a drinking water reservoir for over 300,000 Triangle residents, from the impacts of a massive new 55,000 person development known as Chatham Park.

Chatham Park investors and the Town of Pittsboro sued the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality in the OAH after the agency notified the town of failures to fulfill commitments made in Pittsboro’s permit application to expand its wastewater treatment plant to accommodate new development. In its permit application, Pittsboro committed to conservation measures and stormwater mitigation strategies that would help offset the dramatic increase in paved surface areas from the addition of 23-million square feet of commercial space and 27,570 residential dwelling units on the banks of the Haw River.

Haw River Assembly’s  goal in this intervention is to support and significantly strengthen the Department of Environmental Quality’s efforts to implement and enforce these mitigation measures that will protect the Haw River, Robeson Creek, and Jordan Lake.

Read more at http://hawriver.org/river-issues/chatham-park/



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Haw River dangerous in High Water


The Haw River  had historic flooding in 2018 with 9 floods.  The river is dangerous during high water due to strong currents and pollution from stormwater and sewage overflows. The Haw River has claimed the lives of paddlers and swimmers over the years.    Don’t swim when the water is high, and for paddlers, check the river gauges and river level safety information HERE

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