YADKIN RIVER PARK IN DAVIDSON COUNTY – BRIDGING THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

For 10,000 years, civilizations have gathered on the banks of the Yadkin River at the site of the soon to be opened Yadkin River Park in Davidson County. Located in the heart of both the Trading Ford and Yadkin River Crossings National Historic Districts, this site has served as a hub for exploration, commerce and revolution, as well as a connector of people and communities of all walks of life, for many generations. The park’s development was a major focus of the recent Piedmont Legacy Trails Summit held at Salem Lake Marina.

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CAFO WARS CONTINUE

North Carolina Riverkeepers, including Yadkin Riverkeeper, are engaged in a high stakes battle to reign in the proliferation of concentrated animal feeding operations or CAFOs across the state. While it is true there has been a moratorium in place on new industrial hog operations (IHOs) using lagoon and spray field technologies for more than 20 years, the Environmental Working Group and the Waterkeeper Alliance have recently issued a new report, ground truthed by our Riverkeeper, documenting a significant expansion of poultry operations in the state.

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EPA WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES (WOTUS) PROPOSED REPLACEMENT RULE THREATENS YADKIN RIVER WATER QUALITY

For nearly 50 years, the bipartisan Clean Water Act has protected America’s families, businesses and communities by preventing unchecked pollution from contaminating our waterways and drinking water sources. The Clean Water Act has provided a fundamental baseline of water protections for decades, cleaned up many of America’s waterways from their polluted state and stands as one of the greatest environmental success stories in our history. Unfortunately, those achievements are now threatened.

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OP ED: NC LAWMAKERS ON WRONG SIDE OF HOG FARM NUISANCE LAWSUITS

EDITORIAL: On June 15, the N.C. General Assembly passed legislation to cut off rural community members from their rights, protected by the common law since before North Carolina was a state. Influential lobbyists and campaign donations by Smithfield Food’s political action committee supported Rep. Jimmy Dixon and Sen. Brent Jackson when they amended an omnibus bill that would ban these citizens from filing nuisance suits against farm operations that harm their ability to enjoy their homes, a clear response to similar suits this summer.

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SUPPORT GOVERNOR'S VETO OF BILL S711

On June 26, 2018, the NC Senate predictably voted to override by a wide margin. In the NC House, the vote to override passed 74-45 (a 3/5 majority is required to override a gubernatorial veto). Thanks to all of you for your valiant efforts in this legislative fight.

More Information on S711: On Monday, June 25, 2018, NC Governor Cooper took action on 39 bills that were passed by the General Assembly and brought to his desk for approval. He VETOED Bill S711, the bill that is intended to limit hog nuisance suits. Please contact the Governor and your legislators and show your support to maintain the veto.

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NORTH CAROLINA V. ALCOA, RIVERBED OWNERSHIP COURT FOURTH CIRCUIT APPEAL

On the morning of October 27th 2016, the state of North Carolina sent two former judges, Bob Orr & Eddie Greene, up to Richmond to argue to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that the people of North Carolina, not Alcoa, own the bed of the Yadkin River throughout the 38 mile stretch on which Alcoa operates four hydroelectric dams.  At counsel’s table with them was Yadkin Riverkeeper’s attorney, Ryke Longest, of Duke University. Here is what happened.

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HOW HEALTHY IS HIGH ROCK LAKE?

High Rock Lake is a 15,000-acre reservoir on the Yadkin River and is the second largest lake in North Carolina after Lake Norman. At present, High Rock Lake is impaired for chlorophyll-a, due to nutrient over-enrichment. While this fact may give you cause for concern, it may also leave you with a question. What does it mean to be impaired for chlorophyll-a and what is nutrient over-enrichment?

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