Yadkin Riverkeeper Petitions EPA for Superfund Assessment of Alcoa Badin Works

Winston-Salem, NC. October 23, 2014 – Yadkin Riverkeeper, Winston-Salem, NC, has asked the United States Environmental Protection Agency to conduct an investigation into the shuttered Badin Works aluminum smelter in Badin, NC, to determine whether the smelter should be declared a Superfund site.

Letter to Membership from Board President 8/27/14

Over the past six years, YRK has grown from a grassroots, start-up organization to one that has achieved nationally recognized success in the fight for clean and safe water. In recognition of our efforts, Yadkin Riverkeeper was awarded the NC Wildlife Foundation Governor’s Award for “Water Conservation Organization of the Year” in 2011; and our campaign against Alcoa has been recognized as one of the “Top 25 Clean Water Stories” by River Network.

Coal ash dump neighbors won't drink their own well water

by STUART WATSON / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on June 17, 2014 at 4:10 PM

Updated yesterday at 7:38 PM


— Jun. 17, 2014 10:45 AM EDT

DUKEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The sweet tea served in the tidy kitchen of Joanne Thomas' antebellum home comes with an ominous warning.

"It's made with bottled water," says Thomas, a spry 71-year-old. "But the ice comes from our well."

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.