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A River of Opportunity: How the Yadkin River Can Provide Wealth and Jobs for North Carolina

This report focuses primarily on the economic benefits North Carolina could realize from obtaining the Yadkin Project license. The direct and indirect impacts of continued hydroelectric generation can be quantified in dollar terms using widely accepted economic models. This report was prepared by Central Park NC under award 04-8806648 from Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Economic Development Administration or the U.S. Department of Commerce.

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Notice of Intent to sue under the Clean Water Act

On February 5, 2013 the groups issued a Notice of Intent to sue under the Clean Water Act to the Corps. In response to that letter, the Corp finally agreed to revoke the permit for the Monroe Bypass, almost a year after the Fourth Circuit's ruling.

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The Value of a River

Economist says that if the state received the standard 50-year federal license to operate hydroelectric facilities on the river, and implemented proper oversight of them, the setup can result in more than $1.2 billion in additional state revenues, and the creation and addition of 14,000-75,000 jobs.

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Public Comments for Alcoa's new 401 Water Quality Certificate

On November 28, 2012 the NC Division of Water Quality (DWQ) issued a public notice that Alcoa had reapplied for its 401 certification from the state, and set a comment deadline of January 18, 2013. Less than two weeks later, DWQ wrote to Alcoa stating that the application was incomplete and that until the company gave the missing information to the agency, the application would be placed on hold. Because the public cannot comment on an incomplete application, the comment period should have been extended. A few days before the January 18th deadline, attorneys for the state confirmed that the company had not yet provided the missing information, and consequently, the comment deadline would be extended until the application was complete.

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Falalalala from YRK Staff

Thanks to our dedicated supporters, Yadkin Riverkeeper has had a successful year working for clean water and healthy ecosystems throughout the Yadkin Pee Dee River Basin. On behalf of our Board of Director’s and staff we want to take this opportunity to share some of our successes in 2012, our outlook for 2013 and demonstrate what can be achieved as we work together for clean water.

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