Haw River Festival, Saturday, May 7 in Saxapahaw!

Come join us for a fun day on the river – FREE – all donations help us protect the river year-round!  4- 8 p.m.

Live music, Food trucks and Farmer’s Market, Silent Auction, Kayak Raffle, Kid’s canoe rides, Puppet Parade, River Monitoring and more!

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Read more at:   http://hawriver.org/events/haw-river-festival/

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Ancient Rocks and Ancient Volcanoes - Geology of the Haw River

Have you ever wondered about the large boulders and rocks of the Haw River, and the fast dropping stream gradient, that makes it the best whitewater in the Piedmont?  We had the pleasure of hiking the steep rocky western banks of the Lower Haw River State Natural Area with Phil Bradley, Piedmont Geologist with the North Carolina Geological Survey. We learned about this amazing geologic history that begins when this part of the North Carolina Piedmont was once part of a volcanic island arc , 630 million years ago off of the ancient Gondwana continent, which included portions of  present day African, South American and Antarctica. How did it end up here – read more, at





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Kudos to all our March 19, 2016 Haw River Clean-up Teams!

    Sax home school group team 2016 clean-up  

    Scott - Redbud team

From left to right and moving down:   Saxapahaw Island , Burch’s Bridge (Guilford Co), Saxapahaw reservoir,  Hwy 54 Paddle access (Graham),  15-501 Bridge  and Hwy 64 Bridge (Chatham)
Haw River at Bynum (two photos)  and southeast side of Lower Haw River SNA


Photos above are from some of the volunteers last weekend! Trash tallies are still coming in from teams who were out  cleaning up trash from the banks of the Haw River, the creeks, and Jordan Lake, despite cooler temperatures and a little rain.

Thanks To Our Local Business sponsors!

AbunDance Healing Arts  (Chatham County)  *  Additions Plus  (Chatham County) * Auto Logic (Carrboro) * Auto Pro  (near Bynum) * Benjamin Vineyards (Alamance Co.) * Bish Enterprises (Siler City) * Carrburritos  (Carrboro) *  Crosswinds Boating Center (Jordan Lake) * Cure Nursery   (Chatham Co.)  * The Eddy  (Saxapahaw) *  FurnitureLab (Carrboro) * Grove Winery (Gibsonville) * Haw River Canoe and Kayak Company  (Saxapahaw) * Hobbs Architects  (Pittsboro) Jones Architecture  (Raleigh) * Lynn Hayes Properties (Carrboro) *Mellow Marsh  (Chatham County)  * Pittsboro Toys * Solitude Lake Management (High Point)  * Space Builders (Carrboro) * Swanson and Associates Landscape Architects (Carrboro) *  Townsend Bertram and Company  (Carrboro) * Weaver Street Realty  (Carrboro)

And to resources provided by NC DOT (bags and gloves), Chatham County for the roll-off dumpster, and trash pickups by Mac Jordan/Rivermill in Saxapahaw, and the Alamance County, Graham  and Burlington Parks and Rec departments.

To get involved – read more…

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Jordan Lake Solarbees Get Failing Grade

No Improvement in Water Quality


The state has released its first assessment on whether Solarbees are improving water quality in the Morgan Creek and Haw River Arms of Jordan Lake. The results for the August 2014 – August 2015 period showed no change in the amount of cholorphyll a, and the pH has actually gotten worse. There was also no change in the amounts of bluegreen or green algae compared to control areas. “These preliminary results indicate that nutrient related water quality conditions did not significantly improve in areas of the lake where SolarBees were deployed.”    Read the full report

This project, mandated by the legislature with our tax dollars, has never made scientific sense as a solution to reducing algae growth in this vast  14,000 acre reservoir. It does nothing to stop the nutrient pollution that is flowing in  from upstream sources,  -the real problem – but keeps it flowing downriver into the Cape Fear. This past legislative session the General Assembly extended this costly folly until 2018, while delaying efforts to reduce pollution flowing into Jordan Lake.  This project needs to end now.

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Sludge in Our Waters

“Sludge In Our Waters” is a new report that investigates how industrial chemicals in some municipal wastewater sewage sludge applied to farmland are contaminating surface waters in North Carolina.

Sludge in our Waters

Elaine Chiosso, Haw Riverkeeper and Sam Perkins, Catawba Riverkeeper are the co-authors.  Accompanying the report is a new mapping tool that shows locations of permitted sludge fields in North Carolina; the map also has an overlay of river basins and other features. The report is intended to inform the public and policy makers about the potential pathways to human and environmental contamination from sludge applications,with recommendations for changing our current practices.

Read the Press Release here.


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