Your Riverkeeper

Dean Naujoks

Welcome to Yadkin Riverkeeper®

I am pleased and proud to be your Riverkeeper.  I have been working for over 20 years to protect rivers and wildlife in North Carolina.  I am committed to working hard to provide a clean and sustainable river.

My promise to you:

  • I will be dedicated to the protection of this river and its surrounding environment for our children, our community, and the aquatic life that depends on this river.
  • I understand that water is a finite resource and less than 1% of all the water on the planet is available fresh water. I will communicate the idea that clean water is in the public interest.
  • I will do what I can to protect the river when it is threatened. I will hold myself and others accountable to meet the goals that are needed to protect this river.
  • I will listen and learn.
  • I will not compromise the long-term health of the Yadkin River.
  • I will maintain a consistent physical presence on the water.
  • I will work with my community and others in the watershed to advocate on behalf of the river.
  • I will investigate problems, act as a citizen scientist and attorney so that future generations can enjoy this important resource.
  • I will become an expert on the river.
  • I will encourage dialogue.
  • I will be the eyes and ears of the Yadkin, and provide a strong voice for the river . . . but I need your help.

Please join me in my mission to protect the Yadkin River by becoming a member and/or volunteering your time.

Dean Naujoks

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