Muddy Water Watch

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.

Construction stormwater runoff carries sediment, debris, chemicals, and bacteria which are harmful to humans and aquatic habitat.

The Muddy Water Watch is an initiative to reduce stormwater runoff from construction sites. Partnering with county Sediment and Erosion Control programs, Haw River Assembly provides training, materials, and the tools necessary for volunteers to properly identify and report sediment and erosion control violations.

Taking Action

After receiving training from the Haw Riverkeeper and county officials, volunteers will monitor, record, and report on potential sediment and erosion control violations at constructions site through a user-friendly smartphone application, free in the app store. Find the app, instructions, and reviews here. Reports are sent directly to the Haw Riverkeeper, and the Sediment and Erosion Control Officials in the county.

In the training, volunteers will learn how to identify sediment pollution, failed sediment and erosion controls, and how to have a lasting and effective impact on water quality through monitoring and reporting construction stormwater pollution.

Goals of the Project

  • Gain a clearer picture of the problems in our watershed
  • Gather data needed for better laws and enforcement to minimize construction stormwater pollution
  • Empower citizens to protect their creeks and the Haw River

Training Schedule

Training programs will be held in order of public interest. We are happy to train individuals and groups if you are interested in the following counties; Alamance, Guilford, Wake, Durham, Orange, Chatham, and Rockingham. If you are interested in participating in the project, please contact

Supplemental Training Material

Current Development Projects in the Watershed
  • Chatham County: List of current development projects underway.
  • Durham County: GIS Map of development projects.
  • Orange County: List of current development projects currently in construction.
  • Guilford County: List of monthly permits that have been issued for 2018.
  • Mebane: Map of current development projects within city limits.
  • Green Level: Information detailing new subdivision construction in the township.