Haw River Assembly Archives

25 Years of Accomplishments for HRA!

Paddling the Haw — Route and Flow Information

Haw River Facts

Haw River Issues and Impacts

Questions and Answers about Algae

Peaceful Coexistence with Beavers

Free Filtered Water Available in Pittsboro at Chatham Marketplace

The problem with Pittsboro’s drinking water: PFAS (“forever chemicals”) and 1,4 Dioxane are industrial pollutants discharged into the Haw River, Pittsboro’s water supply, from industries upriver in Greensboro, Burlington, and Reidsville. Long term exposure can lead to cancers, high blood pressure, fertility issues, and many other serious health concerns.

Short term solution: The Town of Pittsboro is providing safe FREE water through Chatham Marketplace to all Pittsboro water customers, including residents of Chapel Ridge. Town water customers can receive free water at Chatham Marketplace’s treated water dispenser in their grocery store. The store uses reverse osmosis to purify the water. Present a coupon code to the store’s cashier (found on your water bill, or call the Town of Pittsboro 919- 542-4621 to receive it. Customers should provide their own container to fill with the treated water ( store has a limited supply of containers to purchase). Chatham Marketplace is located at 480 Hillsboro St. Pittsboro (in Chatham Mills) and are open 8 am to 8 pm (open 10 am on Sundays).

Long Term: Pittsboro has committed to advanced treatment methods to remove PFAS and other industrial contaminants from it’s drinking water. This is an expensive burden on the Town and they hope to obtain some federal funding to offset the costs. The projected date for the new advanced treatment system is July 2022. The Haw River Assembly has brought legal actions against both Burlington and Greensboro to work on stopping this industrial pollution at the sources. Read more at

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Small Farmers are supporting our communities, let's return the favor.

Sustainable farmers are not taking days off during this challenging time, working harder than ever to get food to their communities. They are going above and beyond to supply healthy produce and meats through Community Supported Agriculture, and taking all precautions at markets and farm pick ups. We’re seeing the fragility in our food systems. Industrial models of animal production require packaging and processing plants where people work shoulder-to-shoulder and have seen many Tconfirmed cases of COVID-19.

Shop at your  local Farmer’s Market –  get locations and contact info for local farmers with on-farm pick-ups  HERE and support them in their efforts protecting our environment and waters.

Make your holiday dinner sustainable!

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Triennial Review Virtual Public Hearing -written comments due August 3

Our Chance to Speak Out for Stronger PFAS and 1,4-Dioxane Standards for our Waters!

This is a process that only happens every three years, and is our opportunity to push the state to set stronger protections for surface waters. 1,4- Dioxane is on the list of new standards being proposed. The proposal is to set an standard for 80 ug/L for non-water supply watersheds and 0.35ug/L for water supply watersheds.  Setting a standard of 80 ug/L will not be protective enough to meet the downstream standard of 0.35ug/L in a continuous, interconnected river system. In the Haw, Greensboro discharges into a non-water supply watershed, but just miles downstream, Pittsboro pulls from a water supply watershed. Confusing? Yes! This is the same water body and these designations should be set to protect the most sensitive use downstream. 

E.Coli is also on the list of new standards. Currently the proposal is to set an E.Coli standard based on the 2012 EPA recommendations, but only for 19 counties in Western North Carolina. This is unacceptable. This standard should be applied statewide to protect all North Carolinians who swim, fish, and play in our state’s waters.  What is missing from this list of proposals is PFAS. There are currently no proposals to set a surface water standard for PFAS. North Carolina has gained national attention due to the PFAS crisis in our state, and it’s past time for our state agencies to set protective standards for PFAS as a class for our surface waters. 

Get our Talking Points HERE Registration info HERE

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Chatham Park/DOT REVISED 404 Permit Application Should be Denied

We believe this revised 404 application to the Division of Water Resources still does not provide adequate information, or justification for the negative impacts it will have on water, the environment and the surrounding community, and should be denied again. The 2240 acres of North Village and the new North Chatham Parkway cannot be built without this permit. See HRA’s full comment letter at

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Weaving Together a Community Through Sustainable Farming

Isaiah is the chef and a co-owner of The Eddy, a cozy pub tucked on the banks on the Haw River in Saxapahaw, N.C. The Eddy serves dishes like summer ratatouille with spicy duck merguez sausage, purchasing almost every box of produce and side of meat from local farms that share its commitment to the area’s soil and water. 
He serves as a reminder to all of us that we can work from where we are, whether it’s in our state legislature or behind a bar, and lead in a way that protects our waters and builds up our neighbors.

Read the full post here

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