For 50 years, Alcoa has controlled parts of the Yadkin River building dams to power its smelting plant in Stanly County. Now, Governor Perdue and concerned citizens are trying to take control of the river back from the company since the plant is closed. Alcoa wants to renew its operating license. Critics of Alcoa say the company has polluted the river, doing nothing to address water quality or the economic or recreational needs of the region. Details of how the state is fighting Alcoa, including filing complaints with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission against the company and a bill to create they Yadkin River Trust Authority to assume Alcoa’s license. Alcoa’s dams are worth billions of dollars and the company is fighting the measures.