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.
The Chatham Park Tree Protection Element Is STILL Not Approved
The Tree Protection Element discussion will continue at the Pittsboro Town Board meeting on Tuesday May 28 (after Memorial Day) at 7 pm
Important Changes Still Need To Be Made:
Eliminate the Tree Coverage Planning Area (TCPA) that would allow different development sites to be combined to calculate overall tree coverage percentages resulting in less trees in some areas, and perhaps even throughout the whole land area of Chatham Park. All development types should have the minimum tree coverage required by the Element, regardless of whether they are in a TCPA or not. So much of the existing forest will be demolished in order to build Chatham Park. There shoud be no loopholes or tricky business that allows even less trees to remain than what was approved by the Town of Pittsboro
Denser plantings of replacement trees must be required – one canopy tree per 750 sq. ft. is too sparse. Stronger rules are needed for how many new trees are required to be re-planted to meet Tree Coverage Area percentages. Currently the “Tree Protection Element” rules appear to give very sparsely planted new trees (1 tree per 750 square ft.) equal value to a slightly smaller cluster of preserved trees that could contain many more trees, and more mature trees. Chatham Park should be required to replace the forest they are cutting down. Planting trees more like nature does is also more expensive, and will provide more incentive for developers to save the existing trees.
See more about environmental issues in Chatham Park http://hawriver.org/river-issues/chatham-park/
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
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: .
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
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.