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Trash Trap Program (Monthly Clean-Outs)

Designed to help mitigate stormwater pollution in our waterways, the Haw River Assembly needs help maintaining the trap as it collects plastic pollution. Trash traps are placed in Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Durham, Greensboro, and Pittsboro. Clean-outs typically occur the last Saturday of the month, but may change based on the volume of trash and safety concerns around water levels. Volunteer to clean out a Trash Trap here!

The anticipated 2024 clean-out dates are

*January 27th (10 AM-12 PM)

*March 16th (10 AM-12 PM)

*April 27th (10 AM-12 PM)

*May 25th (10 AM-12 PM)

*June 29th (10 AM-12 PM)

*July 27th (10 AM-12 PM)

*August 31st (10 AM-12 PM)

*September 28th (10 AM-12 PM)

*October 26th (10 AM-12 PM)

*November 30th (10 AM-12 PM)

River Watch Program

Join a network of teams monitoring streams and creeks throughout the Haw River watershed! Teams are trained and supplied with equipment to conduct four quarterly surveys of their stream location yearly to document changes in physical, chemical, and biological parameters. Already know where you want to monitor? Register your team here!

If you are looking to join an existing team or are interested in potential monitoring spots, please email events@hawriver.org. We will host training sessions in 2024 on the dates below and you can sign up here!

*March 23rd (10 AM-12 PM)

*June 8th (10 AM-12 PM)

*September 7th (10 AM-12 PM)

*November 9th (10 AM-12 PM)

Muddy Water Watch

Sediment pollution is the number one contaminant by volume in NC waterways. Through a monitoring app, we are able to document and report potential violations quickly to prevent sediment loads in our streams. Check out our project page or find the app, instructions and reviews here. Interested in being apart of one our Muddy Water Watch Trainings? Email emily@hawriver.org for more information!

Event-Based Volunteer Opportunities

All of our annual events need the help of volunteers to make them happen! See if some of your favorite moments with HRA need your help.

Stream Restoration Project on February 17th, 2024!

Join us in stabilizing our river and stream banks by joining us for a Saturday of live staking planting! This year we will be planting in Durham on Saturday, February 17th, 2024 (10AM – 12PM). Interested? More information can be found here.

Haw River Clean-Up-A-Thon on March 16th, 2024!

Our watershed-wide clean up is celebrated the 3rd weekend in March. HRA needs leaders like you organizing trash pick up so we can make sure all of our waters are clean! Sign up using our team leader form!

Haw River Island Ramble on April 13th, 2024!

You don’t have to run to celebrate with us! Whether you have experience assisting with a 5K race or not, we could always use the extra hands with registration and set up. See how you can help by visiting our sign up form for volunteers.

Haw River Festival on May 4th, 2024!

Celebrated on the 1st May, Saturday in Saxapahaw, Haw River Assembly puts on a festival with live music, food trucks, river activities, and more! Volunteers can help with our booths and activities or with set up and break down. Email events@hawriver.org for more information!

Haw River Learning Celebration (September-October)

Haw River Learning Celebration: Be a guide for the 4th graders, a station teacher or a meal provider, but whatever you do – join us on the river in late September to early October for ‘the GREATEST field trip EVER’! To learn more about the roles of Learning Celebration volunteers check out the Handy Dandy Volunteer Guide or see what is means to be a meal provider here.

For any additional questions about volunteer opportunities, please reach out to Hannah Welborn-Lewis at events@hawriver.org.