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.

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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.

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Clean Motor Boating Campaign

Boaters can make a difference in reducing marine engine emissions. Good management improves fuel economy, reduces carbon loads and lowers pollution caused by boats.

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Yadkin River

Hearing on Alcoa Case Scheduled for Friday, Sept. 10, 2010

Students working in Duke’s Environmental Law & Policy Clinic under the supervision of its Director, Ryke Longest, have worked to assist client Yadkin Riverkeeper since the Spring Semester of 2009. All students enrolled in the Clinic this semester are working with this client. Yadkin Riverkeeper will be asking permission of the Office of Administrative Hearings to allow students the opportunity to participate in oral argument.

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Today the Yadkin Pee Dee River basin supports about 1.6 million people, and over the next 25 years, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, that figure is expected to increase by fifty percent.

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River Lengths

It's not so easy to define how long a river is. If a number of tributaries merge to form a larger river, how would you define where the river actually begins?

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Water Facts

Thanks to we've collected numerous facts on rivers. Since we haven't always kept track of the source, be sure to cross check the fact if you use it. However, we believe them to be accurate. Many of these interesting facts were borrowed from the Brita water filter site ( That site has many more interesting bits of water lore.

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Clean Water Planet

50 Things You Can Do

There are plenty of things we can do to help our local waters, and many of them are inexpensive, fun or educational.

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