The Yadkin River Story

The Yadkin River Story is a multimedia documentary project about a stretch of the Yadkin River near the East Bend and the people who have made the river a part of their lives. Photographer Christine Rucker and writer Pheobe Zerwick combined their talents for the project.

Read more

Alcoa Part 3: Environmental Stewardship Record

A well funded public relations campaign aimed at influencing public opinion regarding Alcoa’s record of environmental stewardship of Badin Lake and the Yadkin River has served as a central component of the aluminum maker’s efforts to retain control over the water rights to a 38-mile stretch of the Yadkin River for another 50 years.

Read more

Stanly County vs. Alcoa

The political, legal and environmental battle between Alcoa and the people of Stanly County once appeared to be a mutually beneficial relationship between an industrial employer and local residents, but has now devolved into an all-out war over water rights and the future of the county.

Read more