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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Let's Speak for the Trees in Chatham Park!

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It was a great turnout for the Procession of Trees” on  Feb. 15 !

Nearly 200 people turned out to Speak for the Trees  in Pittsboro, to show the Town Board our support for saving more trees in Chatham Park .  Much thanks to everyone for coming and to Jan Burger and other folks from Paperhand Puppet for all the art and puppets!

Watch a short video https://youtu.be/KJmCWJuMP5A  about the Chatham Park Tree Protection issue – with footage from the Procession of the Trees (produced by Amanda Roberson with her footage, plus video and photos by Peter Theye, Mark Barroso and Gary Simpson).

Chatham Park has submitted yet another revised version of their Tree Protection Additional Element to the Pittsboro Town Board.  It has not yet been voted on, so we urge you to take this opportunity to let the Town of Pittsboro know that the proposed Tree Coverage is completely inadequate.  You can sign up to speak during “Citizens’ Matters at their next Pittsboro Town Board meeting on Monday Feb. 25.  The town website is https://pittsboronc.gov/

Chatham Park could end up with less trees than any other city in NC, a particularly tragic fate for this beautiful forestland along the Haw River and Jordan Lake. You don’t have to be a resident of Pittsboro to speak up. Much of Chatham County will be impacted by Chatham Park’s air and water pollution, and people throughout the region will feel the effects, including recreation and drinking water users of the Haw River and Jordan Lake.

Read more and find Town Board contact info HERE

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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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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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