The Haw River Assembly was founded in 1982 as a non-profit organization, to protect the Haw River and Jordan Lake, and to build a watershed community to support that effort.  There are eight counties that are part of the Haw River watershed:  Guilford, Rockingham, Caswell, Alamance, Orange, Chatham, Durham and western Wake.

Our mission is to promote environmental awareness, conservation and pollution prevention; to speak as a voice for the river in the public arena; and to put into peoples’ hands the tools and the knowledge they need to be effective guardians of the river.  Our Haw Riverkeeper advocates for clean water, and against threats to the river.

The Haw River Assembly is dedicated to the goal of environmental justice and equality for all people in our watershed.  The Haw River Assembly is a stronger organization and our work to protect water is more successful when our organization represents the full diversity of people living in our watershed.  We believe all people should have access to enjoyment of the natural world and a voice in decisions that may affect their environment and/or health.  No group of people should bear a disproportionate share of negative environmental consequences resulting from industrial activities or governmental policies that situate polluting activities in their community.