Haw Riverkeeper


Emily Sutton
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The Haw River is a tributary of the Cape Fear River, approximately 110 miles long, that is entirely contained in north central North Carolina. The Haw rises in the Piedmont country, near the border with Guilford County just north of Kernersville. The river flows northeast, passing through Haw River State Park, before it begins to flow southeast as it moves through Guilford County into Alamance County. It flows south and is joined by Great Alamance Creek at Swepsonville and continues on to Saxapahaw, and southeast in Chatham County. Approximately 12 miles southeast of the tip of Alamance County, the Haw flows into the Jordan Lake reservoir, which is formed by the confluence of the Haw River and New Hope Creek. Some 4 miles south of Jordan Lake dam, the Haw River joins the Deep River to form the Cape Fear River.

Emily Sutton joined the staff of Haw River Assembly in 2016, managing citizen science projects to watchdog against sediment pollution and monitor the tributaries and main stem of the Haw River. As Riverkeeper, she is now leading the fight against pollution in the Haw River on many fronts, including emerging contaminants, Jordan Lake nutrients, and sediment pollution. Emily grew up paddling rivers in the Midwest, and moved to North Carolina to received her B.A at Appalachian State University in Sustainable Development, where she studied Agroecology, Watershed Ecology, and Outdoor Education. Emily lives in Saxapahaw, NC.


143 Bynum Church Road
Pittsboro, North Carolina 27312