River Cleanup

Our 30th Annual Haw River Clean-Up-A-Thon will be held on Saturday March 21, 2020 at multiple sites along the river and creeks.

Thank You to all the 2019 Haw River Clean-Up-A-Thon Volunteers!

On March 16th,we hosted the Haw River Clean-Up-Thon – our 29thannual watershed-wide effort to remove trash from creeks, streams, and the Haw River. The event also raises awareness about the impacts of our consumption habits and brings people together at the river and local creeks! Enthusiasm for this cleanup continues to grow, and this year over 456 volunteers at 30 different sites removed 606 bags of trash, 64 tires, and many other large items from local creeks and the Haw River during the cleanup! WOW! See details below!

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Westover Church assisted Haw River State Park ranger Andrew Boos in cleaning up 35 bags of trash and over 15 tires along roads near the park, including Pepsi bottles from the 1980s and an old rusted bed frame.

Mike Reed’s dedicated team of paddlers took out 22 bags of trash from the Indian Valley Paddle Access, including a headless pink flamingo and lots of golf balls.

Guil Johnson and Glencoe area residents cleaned up at Glencoe Paddle Access and Great Bend Park, removing 20 bags of trash, including an oven shelf!

The Alamance 4-H Environmental Science Club went out to Town and Country Park and removed 10 bags of trash, including a fake TNT toy, a folding chair, and an orange cooler.

Eastern Alamance High School Environmental Club cleaned up 12 bags of trash and 2 tires at Red Side Park.

The Mebane Women’s Club brought together a large team of volunteers to take on Lake Michael Park, Holt Park, and an area near Tanger Outlets. In total, they removed 21 bags of trash and 3 tires and found some strange items including a diaper with moss growing out of it, a Chinese newspaper, and a game controller.

Alamance Co. Girl Scout Troop #02517 removed 6 bags of trash from Jimmie Kerr Road near Alamance Community College.

Boy Scout Troop #41 tackled the HWY 54 Paddle Access in Graham again this year, and they removed 7 bags of trash, 3 tires, a car bumper, and a coconut!

Daniel Sigmon will be leading a group of Alamance Community College students in cleaning up Little Alamance Creek at South Graham Park this weekend.

Swepsonville River Park got a good cleaning from Mebane Girl Scout Troop #2188 and several other volunteers, and they collected 10 bags of trash from what looked to be an old dump site exposed by erosion. They found lots of items that were several decades old.

In Saxapahaw,Haw Riverkeeper Emily Sutton, Haw River Canoe and Kayak, the Hawbridge Interact Club, local Boy Scout Troop #65, volunteers from Learning Outside and many others joined forces to collect 96 bags of trash, including a broken drone!

Chicken Bridge in Pittsboro was cleaned up by Jeff Pettus and Woodfin Daly, along with several other volunteers. They collected 10 bags of trash including a golf caddy.

Rock Rest neighbors in Chatham County led by Cynthia Crossen and Cathy Markatos cleaned up along Dry Creek andthe Haw River. Their team found 7 bags of trash and 1 tire.

James Tiger and Hadley Kirkland led teams of neighbors and friends in Chatham County collecting trash along the river and roads nearby. They collected over 18 bags of trash!

Simon Maarten Thomas led the Fearrington Green Scene’s cleanup efforts at 15-501 North Bridge. Their team collected 8 bags of trash!

Virginia Chambers led a team at Brooks Branch in Pittsboro, and they collected 5 bags of trash!

HRA Executive Director Elaine Chiosso organized cleanups around the Bynum area. Girl Scout Troop 1006 and Boy Scout Troop 951 joined in, as well as families and individuals. There were 40 volunteers that filled 43 bags of trash and 1 tire, including a mysterious keypad, a jungle gym, and a pink water gun.

Sarah Goddin and neighbors cleaned up at Redbud Neighborhood along the Lower Haw River State Natural Area. They clean this area regularly, and they collected 16 bags of trash and 2 tires during the Clean-Up-A-Thon and the weeks leading up to it.

Nancy Strong organized a team from Friends of the Lower Haw River State Natural Area, and they cleaned both sides of the 64 bridge and at the Robeson Creek Canoe Launch.  They removed 16 bags of trash!

Bob Brueckner, Larry Ausley, and Emily Cole led paddle teams from the Carolina Canoe Club that removed trash from several areas in the Lower Haw River State Natural Area from 15-501 Bridge down to the Robeson Creek Paddle Access.  Together they removed a whopping 52 bags of trash, 8 tires, and many other objects including a huge cooler, a bucket of lard, and a sealed can of paint.

Gary Simpson led a team in Pittsboro along Robeson Creek. Their hard-working crew of volunteers removed 38 bags of trash, 2 tires, several large campaign signs, a few shopping carts, and a giant check, that unfortunately could not be cashed!

Bolin Creek in Chapel Hill got lots of love during the cleanup! Townsend Bertram & Company led volunteers at the Chapel Hill Community Center, and Daniel Toben, the triangles biggest cleanup advocate, tackled a section just down the road! Students from the Morningside School cleaned up at Umstead Park, and neighbors near Bolin Creek at Carolina North Forest joined in the efforts too – altogether over 46 bags of trash were removed!

Johnny Randall and the Morgan Creek Valley Alliance cleaned up along Morgan Creek, along with Christopher Sandt, who lead a team at Merritt’s Pasture Parking Area and JJ Richardson who lead a group at Frank Porter Graham Elementary. They cleaned up 14 bags of trash!

HRA intern Carson White is leading a cleanup team of fellow UNC and NC State students along Booker Creek at the Eastgate Shopping Center in Chapel Hill this weekend!

The Friends of Third Fork Creek organized a huge crew along Third Fork Creek in Durham to remove 72 bags of trash and 20 tires!

A special thanks to these organizations and individuals that helped us organize the cleanup and haul off the collected trash!

Haw River Trail and Alamance County Parks and Recreation * Chatham County Solid Waste Department * Saxapahaw Rivermill * Town of Pittsboro * City of Burlington * Town of Graham * City of Mebane * Town of Chapel Hill * Haw River Canoe and Kayak Company * Alamance County Department of Transportation * Trash hauling assistance from Doug Wakeman

 Thank you to our 2019 Clean Up A Thon Sponsors!

We appreciate your support!