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25 Years of Accomplishments for HRA!

Paddling the Haw — Route and Flow Information

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Questions and Answers about Algae

Peaceful Coexistence with Beavers

Save the Date: Wild & Scenic Film Festival!

September 6th – Carrboro Century Center – 6:30pm

The Haw River Assembly is bringing the nationally recognized Wild & Scenic Film Festival 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.

We have several sponsorship opportunities available for local businesses! Check out our 2018 Wild & Scenic Sponsorship Packet and email erin@hawriver.org for more information.

Visit our event page for tickets and more info: http://hawriver.org/2018-wild-scenic-film-festival/

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The 29th Haw River Learning Celebration

Support the Haw River Learning Celebration – Volunteers and Donations Needed!

Join the Haw River Learning Celebration Volunteer Crew! Volunteer Registration is now open.

2018 Learning Celebration Volunteer Registration Form

Help us raise $5,000 to keep the Learning Celebration Flowing! Donate today!

2018 Learning Celebration dates:

Bynum – Sept 22-28

Saxapahaw – Sept 29- Oct 5

Camp Guilrock – Oct 7-12

Read More:  http://hawriver.org/projects/4th-grade-field-trip/

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The 2017 HRA Clyde Jones "Dragonfly" T Shirt is here!

Annual Holiday T Shirt Sale

This December, HRA’s office is once again transformed into a holiday shop with many years of colorful Haw River shirts for sale, all designed by Clyde Jones, Bynum’s world famous folk artist. We have vintage shirts from $5 – $15, as well as our brand new “Dragonfly” shirt at $25 (youth shirts for $20) on 100% organic cotton by T.S.Designs.  Copies of the beautiful new “River” art book and “Down Along the Haw”, history of the Haw River by Anne Cassebaum, will also be for sale (both are $25 with proceeds going to HRA).

When: M-F now through Dec. 21  from 10am-4 pm

Saturday,  12/10  and 12/17  from 10am-2pm

 Where: 199 Bynum Hill Road,  Pittsboro 27312
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Update on 1,4-Dioxane in Haw River

And in Pittsboro’s drinking water

The Haw River Assembly continues to be concerned about the presence of 1,4-Dioxane in Pittsboro’s drinking water, which it takes from the Haw River.  1,4-Dioxane is an industrial solvent that has been entering the Haw River via upriver municipal wastewater treatment plants for many years. Monitoring by scientists has shown it to be in high levels in the Haw River. Traditional treatment methods for drinking water do not remove this contaminant.  There has recently been some progress in the reduction of the contamination in the river, and in a decision by the Town of  Pittsboro to upgrade its treatment methods.

14-dioxane-monitoring

(Dr. Knappe and students taking samples of Haw River water from Bynum Bridge)

Dr. Detlef Knappe of NC State University presented his latest research  on this industrial solvent, to Pittsboro’s Board of Commissioners on Mon. Nov. 28. Latest data shows that the level in  PIttsboro’s drinking water, (which uses the Haw River as its source) is  now at lower levels, though still too high according to new EPA guidance.  It appears  that the spotlight on this issue has resulted in lower amounts being flushed by industries into upriver wastewater treatment systems. More needs to be done to stop this pollution at the source, but in the meantime Pittsboro has decided to safeguard its drinking water by adding activated carbon to the treatment methods, which will better protect public health. Read more on this issue in “Tainted Waters“,  in NC Health News

Factsheet about 1,4-Dioxane online.at the EPA website.

 

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Jordan Lake Solarbees Are Removed - But What Next?

General Assembly continues to delay Jordan Lake rules

The state environmental department announced on May 5  that it will discontinue the SolarBee project after 21 months of data indicated no significant improvement in water quality.  We applaud the end to this expensive and ridiculous folly.   The latest bad idea that emerged this summer from the NC General Assembly was to study the use of mussels to filter the waters of Jordan Lake – even though mussel populations have plummeted in the Haw River due to pollution and sediment.  That idea has vanished only to be replaced by more delays of the rules and more wasted money on studies on how to find a magical solution to treat pollution in the lake instead of reducing it at the source.  The legislature needs to stop stalling and just re-instate the rules that will improve water quality in Jordan Lake.

Solarbees  sunset heron h2

 

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