Last February, another Duke-owned ash pond on North Carolina’s Dan River made the worst kind of national and global headlines when its outdated stormwater pipe failed, sending nearly 40,000 tons of coal ash and 27 million tons of contaminated water directly into the Dan River. That’s enough coal ash and slurry to fill 73 Olympic-sized swimming pools, all of which entered a tributary tasked with providing clean drinking water to five communities in North Carolina and Virginia.
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Picture this: A two-mile class III loop on the Lower Yough in your front yard, the natural bend of the river making a shuttle unnecessary; a half-hour drive to the put-in of the Class IV Upper Yough; another 30-minute drive to any of the Yough’s steep Cass V tributaries; and, a killer Thursday night yoga class by Yogi Wade paired with brews, food, and tunes at the local Falls City Pub.
“I still have my river board and shredder, but when the level is right and the stars are aligned, I’d rather be swimming.”