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. We work as advocates to stop pollution through with our Haw Riverkeeper, and are building a watershed community that supports clean water through our outreach, education and water quality monitoring programs

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Sign Up To Volunteer for our 2019 Learning Celebration for Schools!

It’s our 30th Year of this great program for schools at the Haw River!

2019 Dates:

  • Bynum  – Sept 21-27  *
  • Saxapahaw – Sept 28-Oct 4 *
  • Camp Guilrock – Oct 6-11

*We especially need more volunteers these first 2 weeks!


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.  We also need volunteers to cook meals and to help us set up and move each week. 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.    For more info and to sign up click HERE

Help Us Keep the Learning Celebration Flowing! Donate to our Crowdfunder

It’s the 30th Anniversary of this great program that has brought 47,000 children to explore the Haw River since 1990. We apply for grants, ask for donations from businesses, and work to save on costs in every way possible, but the expenses of hosting over 1,200 children and 100 volunteers over three weeks add up! Help us raise $5000 by October 11 to defray the costs of this terrific program – we’re at $1200 and growing!  Donate HERE or send a check to HRA at P.O. Box 187 Bynum NC 27228



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Pittsboro Candidates Forum

Monday, September 16,  7 p.m. at CCCC   

Hear the candidates for Pittsboro Board of Commissioners discuss issues about our environment, water quality, climate change and communities.  Election is November 5 (must live in town limits to vote)

 Co-sponsored by the Orange-Chatham Group of Sierra Club, and the Haw River Assembly

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

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MVP Southgate Draft Environment Impact Statement Talking Points

Mountain Valley Pipeline Southgate Extension: Why it’s bad and how you can fight it

The Mountain Valley Pipeline is a fracked gas pipeline that, if built, would carry gas from the fracking fields of West Virginia into southwest Virginia. It has severe implications for our health, water, climate and communities. In fact, MVP has committed over 300 violations of commonsense water protections in Virginia alone, and its construction is not even close to complete yet. Now, the polluting corporations behind the project want to extend it into North Carolina into Rockingham and Alamance counties in  a project they call “Southgate.”

The MVP Southgate Project is not in the public interest. Not only will it create permanent adverse impacts on the local environment, it will also contribute to several more decades of global climate pollution. Studies show that existing gas infrastructure is more than sufficient to meet regional energy needs for residents and industry. Therefore, the primary beneficiaries of the pipeline will be private companies.  The Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) fails to provide adequate information for public comment and fully account for all of the environmental threats posed by the MVP extension. You can help stop this dirty, dangerous project by filing comments directly with FERC.  Read how to file comments and our full talking points at: http://hawriver.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/MVP-DEIS-Talking-Points_Draft.docx

For more information, visit: www.noMVPsouthgate.org


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NC DEQ denies critical permit for MVP

Department of Environmental Quality has denied the 401 certification permit (stream crossings) for the MVP Southgate project, a fracked gas pipeline proposal that would cross nearly one hundred streams and wetlands in the Haw River basin. With no Draft Environmental Impact Study published, MVP Southgate representatives have been denied this critical permit. They will be allowed to reapply after the Draft Environmental Impact Study has been reviewed. This denial and delay allows NC DEQ to retain their ability to deny or approve permits that have conditions dependent on the 401 certification.

MVP Southgate will reapply for this permit after the Draft Environmental Impact Statement is released in July and reviewed. To be clear, this fight is not over. We are thankful that DEQ is asking for more information and refusing the approve a permit without adequate documentation like other states have done.  READ MORE


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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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