Falalalala from YRK Staff

This holiday season, we give thanks. 

Because of our donors in 2012, Yadkin Riverkeeper was able to:

  • Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act during Tour de Yadkin with nearly 500 water enthusiasts. Additionally, thanks to your donations, we expanded this program to host the First Annual Paddle-a-Thon!
  • Increase the number of take-back sites for Operation Medicine Cabinet in Elkin and Kernersville! Each spring and fall we collaborate with local law enforcement and Safekids NC to set up pharmaceuatical collection sites as an alternative disposal method to flushing, improving water quality in the Yadkin River basin.
  • Partner with the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, Clean Air Carolina and the Southern Environmental Law Center to successfully challenge the Monroe Bypass as proposed by the NC Department of Transportation and the NC Turnpike Authority. Without these strong partners and your support, this toll road would have been approved with no consideration regarding impact on water quality or surrounding communities. Alternatives and waterquality impacts are now being considered.
  • Initiate a public forum in the Badin Lake community regarding Alcoa’s proposed remediation plan, focusing on the severely impacted and long-ignored community of west Badin. Experts from Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic and the NC Environmental Justice Network facilitated meaningful dialogue about public health and environmental threats and ensure broader participation in the decision making process to the entire Badin community. 

Whether you are a long-time member of Yadkin Riverkeeper or a first-time supporter, Yadkin Riverkeeper appreciates any donation you can afford to grow our programs and help ensure you continue to have a clean water advocate championing your right to clean water.  We are working tirelessly to investigate pollution, seek a solution to eliminate pollution sources and threats to the Yadkin River and take legal action only when necessary to enforce clean water laws.  It is our pleasure to work on behalf of you, your family and our community.  

What does 2013 hold?

In 2013, Yadkin Riverkeeper looks forward to continuing to work for you as we grow our current programs and continue to strengthen our resolve on the Yadkin Relicensing and champion a more extensive remediation plan from Alcoa to clean up its toxic waste.  Additionally, we will undertake the following issues in the coming year that require funding:

  • Hosting seven public educational forums regarding the upcoming Nutrient Management Strategy currently being developed (to reduce pollution impacts) by the NC Division of Water Quality for High Rock Lake and the Yadkin River. 
  • Organizing and facilitating an educational task force to identify partners in K-12 science classes to enhance the curriculum in schools regarding the importance of clean water and best water practices for youth in our community.
  • Addressing pollution runoff from Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) impacting the Yadkin River. 
  • Continuing to educate communities throughout the entire river basin about “fracking” or hydraulic fracturing and the harmful effects this process has on water quality. 

To ensure our success in 2013, consider donating today.

Give the gift of clean water this holiday season. Donate in honor of a loved one. Donate in honor of future generations. Donate in honor of our beloved environment. Our work depends on your contribution of any amount. Thank you to all who have already made your year-end gift to Yadkin Riverkeeper. If you haven't, you can donate online now, or mail your contribution to:

Yadkin Riverkeeper
308 North Patterson Avenue
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Again, thank you for your support and interest in sustaining the work we do to protect your right to clean water. Yadkin Riverkeeper Staff and Board of Directors wishes you the best this Holiday Season! Merry Chrismahanukwanzakah and a Happy New Year!
Sincere thanks to you all,

Tara, Nancy, Terri, Dean and Kent (not pictured)