Greensboro REI Presents BANFF Mountain Film Festival to Benefit Yadkin Riverkeeper

Please join Yadkin Riverkeeper and Greensboro REI on Sunday, March 16, 7-10 PM at the historic High Point Theatre, 220 E. Commerce Avenue in High Point, NC for the BANFF Mountain Film Festival World Tour. 

Judge Rules Duke Energy Must Take Immediate Action to Eliminate Sources of Groundwater Contamination at North Carolina Ash Ponds

March 6, 2014 - News Release from Waterkeeper Alliance

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.—A Wake County Judge today ruled that Duke Energy must take immediate action to eliminate the sources of groundwater contamination that are currently violating water quality standards at all 14 of its coal-fired power plants in North Carolina.

Criminal Investigation Opens on Duke Energy Coal Ash Spill


Waterkeeper testing reveals coal ash pond still discharging into Dan River

Winston-Salem, NC, February 14, 2014 – Yadkin Riverkeeper learned yesterday that the U.S. Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation on the Duke Energy coal ash spill into the Dan River that occurred on Feb. 2.  

Ash pond still dumping while Duke begins ash removal from river

Eden, NC – Waterkeeper Alliance and Yadkin Riverkeeper have obtained the results from a second round of water sampling on the Dan River in the wake of the third largest coal ash spill in recent U.S. history. Their results confirm that highly-contaminated coal ash seepage is still pouring out of the same Duke Energy ash impoundment where an estimated tens of thousands of tons of raw ash erupted into the river last week. The newly-confirmed leak is located about a third of a mile upstream of the pipe where last week’s major spill occurred.

Reward Offered for New and Actionable Information on Massive Duke Energy Coal Ash Spill in North Carolina

$5,000 Reward for Information that leads to Civil and/or Criminal Charges

Eden, NC – Waterkeeper Alliance and Yadkin Riverkeeper today offered a $5,000 reward to anyone who can provide new evidence leading to civil and/or criminal charges against officials from Duke Energy, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, or others involved in the massive toxic coal ash spill on the Dan River.

Dan River Highly Toxic Due to Duke Energy Coal Ash Spill

Waterkeepers’ Samples Show Disturbing Levels of Metals and other Contaminants 


For Immediate Release: January 15, 2014 


Frank Holleman, SELC, 864- 979-9431 or

Kathleen Sullivan, SELC, 919-967-1450 or

Federal Judge Grants Motion for Yadkin Riverkeeper to Defend Public Trust Doctrine

Contact:  Dean Naujoks, 336-837-7669

Yadkin Riverkeeper Will Intervene in State’s Riverbed Challenge Against Alcoa

Winston-Salem, NC. October 30, 2013 – United States District Court Judge Terrence W. Boyle granted a motion on October 28, 2013 to allow Yadkin Riverkeeper to intervene as a plaintiff with the State of North Carolina in the case vs Alcoa Power Generating, Inc.

Momentum Builds to Keep Yadkin River in Public Hands

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – This weekend as North Carolinians enjoy the last of summer on the state's lakes and rivers, the fight continues over ownership of the Yadkin River. One month after the state filed in a Wake County Court to establish state ownership of the river, the Yadkin Riverkeeper is stepping up in support. At issue is ownership of the riverbed, where Alcoa has hydropower dams.  The company is asking the federal government to grant it a 50-year lease of the river. The Yadkin Riverkeeper – Dean Naujoks – explains why his group filed a motion to intervene in the case.

Yadkin Riverkeeper Supports State of NC’s Legal Action to Establish State Ownership of the Yadkin River Bed and Seeks to Intervene to Protect the Public Trust

Winston-Salem, NC.  September 2, 2013 – Today the Yadkin Riverkeeper has taken the next step in supporting the State of North Carolina’s legal challenge to establish State ownership of the bed of the Yadkin River. The Riverkeeper has filed a “Motion to Intervene” in the State’s pending action against Alcoa that challenges the company’s longstanding contention that it owns the riverbed.  Yadkin Riverkeeper has worked for years to force cleanup of pollution in the Yadkin Project and at the Badin Plant.