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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Industrial Contaminants in Drinking Water

Join us for a FREE screening of  “The Devil We Know”

The film about  WVA citizens taking on industrial polluters of their drinking water.

 Tuesday December 4th at 6:00pm   (film will begin at 6:30pm).

at Pittsboro Roadhouse

Image result for The Devil We Know film Unraveling one of the biggest environmental scandals of our time, this film shows how a group of citizens in West Virginia take on the powerful corporation DuPont, after they discover it has knowingly been dumping a toxic chemical – now found in the blood of 99.7% of Americans – into the drinking water supply.The Devil We Know serves as a prequel to the Gen-X water crisis happening in North Carolina due to the chemical dumping by the DuPont spin-off corporation, Chemours. The film will begin at 6:30, followed by discussion on Industrial pollutants contaminating Pittsboro’s drinking water supply.

Hosted by Haw River Assembly and Pittsboro Roadhouse, in partnership with NC Conservation Network, Center for Environmental Health, Cape Fear River Watch, and Working Films.

Food and drinks will be available to purchase.

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 industiral chemicals in the upper part of the Haw River watershed are exceeding EPA health guidance standards.

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

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General Swine Permit Renewal: Submit Comments by Dec 7th!

The background:

  • A state “general permit” determines how most of the 9.5 billion gallons of waste from  North Carolina’s nearly 10 million hogs is handled.
  • That state permit is being revised and renewed for a new five-year term  
  • A civil rights case Waterkeeper Alliance and other environmental groups settled with the state informed proposals in the draft permit.

Why this is important:

  • Waste is kept in unlined open cesspools, and sprayed on nearby cropland. The risk: Flooding, hazardous air emissions, and groundwater and surface water contamination.
  • In almost half the areas with the highest density of swine operations, 85 percent of neighbors depend on well water.
  • No publicly available records show when or how much waste is sprayed, what types of crops are receiving the waste, and if crops can absorb nutrients in that waste.
  • Industrial swine operations are concentrated in communities of color.
  • The North Carolina General Assembly enacted legislation, over Gov. Cooper’s veto, limiting the property rights and legal remedies for neighbors harmed by swine operations.

The process:

The big picture of what we’re asking for:

  • Smithfield Foods, the multinational company that makes hundreds of millions off this industry, and other corporations that contract with North Carolina operations for swine production, should have responsibility for managing the waste produced by the animals they own.
  • The NC Department of Environmental Quality needs to either collect or require the collection of data required to assess hog waste pollution on a large-scale basis.

Specific asks:

  • Mandatory groundwater monitoring when there’s evidence of off-site impacts
  • Required use by swine operators of a formula, which was created at great taxpayer expense, to evaluate the risk of phosphorus pollution when animal waste is applied to cropland.
  • Monthly electronic submission of reports on records of land application of waste, cropping, stocking, and soil or lagoon sampling.

What we’re asking you to do:

  • Submit a comment! https://actionnetwork.org/letters/raise-a-stink-about-north-carolinas-hog-waste-crisis
  • Write a letter to the editor
  • Spread the word on social media


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Have a Sustainable Holiday Meal!


Turkey or other meat on your holiday menu? Show your appreciation for environmentally conscious farmers who raise meat sustainably using traditional techniques. Corporate-controlled industrial animal operations are one of the leading contributors to water pollution across North Carolina. But there are farmers throughout our state striving to provide high-quality food without harming their local communities. And they deserve our thanks and our business.

Please choose to make your holiday meals even more special by purchasing from true family farms and pledging to buy sustainably and humanely raised meat. And when you make your purchase, be sure to thank the farmer for taking steps to protect our environment. Take the PLEDGE for sustainably raised meat and see the big list of sustainable livestock farmers in the Haw Watershed that you can buy from!

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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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