For nearly 100 years, Alcoa-Yadkin has been generating clean renewable energy from a series of hydroelectric dams along the Yadkin River in central North Carolina. Today, the lakes created by the dams are popular recreation spots that help serve as an economic engine for the region.
Badin Business Park
Alcoa opened one of the nation’s first aluminum smelters in North Carolina and produced aluminum here for more than 75 years. Since closing the plant in 2010, Alcoa has invested more than $15 million to transform the property into a modern business park. Today, it is home to Electronic Recyclers International, the nation’s largest recycler of electronic waste.
ERI to Hire 75 New Employees in Badin
ERI Celebrates One Year at New Badin Business Park Facility
Around The Lakes
A very dry year
It’s been a very dry year in the Yadkin watershed. The amount of water flowing into the Yadkin Project is down nearly 50 percent from historical averages so far this year – and the forecast calls for dry continue through October.
The water flows are the lowest since 2008, creating significant challenges to maintain water levels in the lakes. If we do not receive more rain, water levels at area lakes could be 12 to 18 inches below normal the July 4 holiday. When water levels are low, underwater obstructions may be closer to the surface.
APGI is closely monitoring flows and planning ahead to minimize the impact of low flows on reservoir water levels. With the Yadkin watershed officially in a drought, the company will follow drought protocols that were developed with state officials and local representatives to protect the water supply in the Yadkin Project.
APGI is committed to operating in a conservative manner to help protect lake levels while continuing to meet our requirements to send water downstream.
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Alcoa-Yadkin operates four dams, collectively known as the Yadkin Project, that are regulated by the federal government. It is currently working to renew its federal hydro license and has agreed to make positive improvements that will enhance water quality, expand parks, create more recreational opportunities, and better protect the local water supply.
A Summary of Relicensing Benefits
Judge overturns denial of Alcoa’s water quality certificate
Alcoa, Stanly County reach agreement on Yadkin Project Relicensing
Improving Our Community
Pfeiffer University will host a series of summer camps focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) next year, thanks to a $20,000 grant provided by the Alcoa Foundation.
Pfeiffer receives $20,000 gift from Alcoa Foundation
Alcoa Foundation donates $20,000 to Stanly Community College
Catching up with Pfeiffer recipients
Protecting Our Environment
Alcoa is committed to protecting our beautiful natural resources and has made a concerted effort to preserve more than 15,000 acres of land along the lakes. It’s a perfect habitat for bald eagles, osprey and a host of other wildlife and provides a natural buffer to protect the water.
A record number of bald eagle nests, chicks spotted at Yadkin Project
2013 Dissolved Oxygen Report shows water leaving Yadkin Project hits mark 100% of the time
The Badin Lake Osprey Cam: Easter Eggs Arrive