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.

Our work is made possible by the support of our volunteers and membership donations. Join us in protecting this beautiful and life supporting resource.


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2017 Learning Celebration Crowdfunder - $1,600 to go!

 Your Contributions Keep the Learning Celebration Flowing! Help us reach our goal of raising $5000 by October 13th! **We’ve raised $3,400 so far!**

  For 28 years, many people have given their time, hearts, hands, and energy to continue this special programming. Each year over 1,300 children experience the magic of the river and leave inspired by their experience. These children are the next generation that will protect and love the Haw River. As fewer and fewer environmental education programs are offered in schools, this program that connects so many children to their natural environment is more critical and impactful than ever. Your funds are needed to ensure that the Learning Celebration thrives for decades to come. So far, we’ve connected over 41,000 children to the river, and let’s keep that number growing!

Learn more about our Crowdfunder here!

Donate online or mail your check (payable to HRA) with Learning Celebration in the memo to PO Box 187, Bynum, NC 27228. Let’s meet our goal of $5,000 by October 13th!

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Volunteer for the Haw River Learning Celebration!

Want to help inspire a new generation to protect our river and the environment?  Want to be  part of a community of volunteers helping children discover the wonders of the natural world this autumn? Then come be a volunteer at our 2017 Learning Celebration!  We’ll be on the river from September 23 through Oct. 13.  Find out more about the Learning Celebration here.  Ready to be part of this great project?  Fill out our volunteer registration form online or contact Erin, the project coordinator, at  erin@hawriver.org for more information.

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Protect the Haw Watershed from Sediment Pollution!

Dry Creek into Haw, photo by Jerry Markatos

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.

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HRA Office Has Moved!

The Haw River Assembly office has moved to a new location in Bynum. We are now at 143 Bynum Church Rd. which is at the corner of Bynum Hill and Bynum Church Rd,, across from where the old Bynum mill once stood, (now part of the Lower Haw River State Natural Area).


We still have the same mailing, phone and contact info:  P.O Box 187 Bynum, NC 27228  (919) 542-5790   Email:  info@hawriver.org

We hope to have a “office warming” party later this summer once we are all settled in, but come by sooner if you’re in the neighborhood!

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Haw River Rocks!

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.



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