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. We work as advocates to stop pollution through with our Haw Riverkeeper, and are building a watershed community that supports clean water through our outreach, education and water quality monitoring programs

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Learn About Current Watershed Issues


Sign Up To Volunteer for our 2019 Learning Celebration for Schools!

It’s our 30th Year of this great program for schools at the Haw River!

2019 Dates:

  • Bynum  – Sept 21-27
  • Saxapahaw – Sept 28-Oct 4
  • Camp Guilrock – Oct 6-11


This unique three-week riverside educational program gets kids outside into nature and inspires them to be the next generation of conservationists. Our volunteer guides use nature as the classroom – for many children, this is their first experience hiking through a forest and along a river. We provide on-site training and orientation.  We also need volunteers to cook meals and to help us set up and move each week.

This exceptional program has earned much acclaim since its beginning in 1990 and is thought of by many students and teachers to be the BEST FIELD TRIP EVER.    For more info and to sign up click HERE



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Tickets On Sale Now - Wild & Scenic Film Festival!

Back by Popular Demand!   Thursday, September 5th

at the Carrboro Century Center – 6:30-9:30pm

The Haw River Assembly is bringing the nationally recognized Wild & Scenic Film Festival baclk to Carrboro! Join us for a night of environmental and adventure films that depict the beauty of the natural world, the challenges facing our planet, and the work communities are doing to protect the environment. The films inspire activism and call us all to protect the places we love.  Visit our event page for tickets and more info: http://hawriver.org/2018-wild-scenic-film-festival/

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NC DEQ denies critical permit for MVP

Department of Environmental Quality has denied the 401 certification permit (stream crossings) for the MVP Southgate project, a fracked gas pipeline proposal that would cross nearly one hundred streams and wetlands in the Haw River basin. With no Draft Environmental Impact Study published, MVP Southgate representatives have been denied this critical permit. They will be allowed to reapply after the Draft Environmental Impact Study has been reviewed. This denial and delay allows NC DEQ to retain their ability to deny or approve permits that have conditions dependent on the 401 certification.

MVP Southgate will reapply for this permit after the Draft Environmental Impact Statement is released in July and reviewed. To be clear, this fight is not over. We are thankful that DEQ is asking for more information and refusing the approve a permit without adequate documentation like other states have done.  READ MORE


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Check out our new Swim Guide program!

Find a map of our beaches here!

Haw River Assembly staff and interns monitor water quality at sites in this region. Sampling season starts May 10th and ends September 10th. Donate here to help us cover sampling costs!

Find out more about the program here.

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Disappointing Vote for the Trees in Chatham Park!

The Pittsboro Town Board passed the Tree Protection Element Monday night after a last round of lengthy discussions. Mayor Perry, and Board members John Bonitz and Bett Wilson made a valiant attempt to get Chatham Park’s lawyer and consultant to put language in the Element that would protect more of the existing trees, but in the end, could not get a third vote from Board members Michael Fiocco, Pamela Baldwin or Jay Farrell.
Still–it’s a stronger ordinance than it would have been without so much advocacy from the community,  and the efforts of our allies on the Board.  More of the existing forest near the Haw River will be preserved, and every tree we saved counts. We have raised awareness about the importance of trees and forests for our water, air, wildlife, climate change mitigation and our own health.  We will continue to challenge Chatham Park to be protective of the environment, as new decisions are made about how they will develop.
We will continue to Speak for the Trees and the River

See more about environmental issues in Chatham Park  http://hawriver.org/river-issues/chatham-park/


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