The Haw River Paddler


What we see, hear, and touch we might love, and what we might care for. There isn’t a place in the world that doesn’t need that love.” Nancy Lord


Southern Environmental Law Center Earns Water Enforcement Breakthrough

As part of their campaign to protect and improve water quality in North Carolina, the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) reached an agreement with the City of Burlington to repair and maintain its aging wastewater collection and treatment infrastructure. SELC stepped in when North Carolina’s water quality enforcement agency failed to act. Following three spills totalling more than 3.5 million gallons of raw sewage in January 2014, Burlington delayed reporting the spills to the public for several days, with the acquiescence of the state agency. SELC’s notice of intent to sue on behalf of the Haw River Assembly and Cape Fear River Watch prompted the talks leading to the settlement. The Haw River and its tributaries sit upriver of Jordan Lake, a drinking water source for over 300,000 North Carolinians and a major recreation site. Under the terms of the agreement, Burlington has committed to more aggressive system maintenance, prompt spill notification, and a total of eight priority infrastructure projects valued at over $11,000,000.

Taken from the October edition of “Power of the Law Update”

1st. Annual Haw River Trailathon, November 15th.

This multi-sport adventure race is intended to draw appreciation to the natural beauty of the riverside village of Saxapahaw, North Carolina. Starting with a 2-mile round trip paddle (boat, paddle & PFD provided by The Haw River Canoe and Kayak Company, feel free to bring your own paddle and PFD, NO PERSONAL BOATS), a 7-mile rolling countryside bike ride, and finishing with a hilly 5k trail run. The race is not timed. These three events will prove to you why this community loves its surroundings. Families and athletes of all abilities are encouraged to participate. Money raised will benefit the Saxapahaw Island Park. When you compete in the adventure, having fun is a given.

To register for the Trailathon, go to Check-in is at 8:30 a.m. In the parking lot of The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co. (6079 Swepsonville-Saxapahaw Road). Registration for the Trailathon is $35/person before November 1st., $40 after November 1st., and $50 at the door. The cost includes lunch provided by The Eddy Pub and Restaurant. Additional lunch tickets can be purchased at registration for $10 per person.


Wilderness Camping Video by Daryl Phillips

October and November are wonderful months to go canoe camping. We recently came across a Canadian video entitled “Wilderness Camping” by Daryl Phillips. Just watching the video got us in the mood to paddle out to Spirit Island to enjoy a night away from the insanity of our civilized world. We highly recommend you watch the video. It can be found on Youtube ( Enjoy.