Momentum Builds to Keep Yadkin River in Public Hands

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.

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State sues over ownership of Yadkin River

The state Department of Administration filed a lawsuit Friday over the title to the riverbed of the Yadkin River. Alcoa, which has operated hydroelectric dams on the river for decades, has laid claim to the riverbed, and state officials say they want the courts to settle the matter.

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