Neuse River Basin

By: Caroline Brothers & Getsy Espinoza

About the Neuse River Basin

The Neuse River Basin runs through 11 counties in North Carolina, with over 6,000 square miles of watershed. It was named because of the Neusiok people who had lived along its banks. The Neuse River is the longest river in North Carolina stretching 248 miles from Falls Lake Reservoir Dam in the Piedmont, to its mouth at the Pamlico sound. Also its mouth, being the widest river in America with 6 miles.
It is also a home to 17 species of rare freshwater mussels and a rare snail species. 2 of the mussels are known as the dwarf wedgemussel and the Tar River spinymussel. They are listed as endangered.
The Neuse River goes into land in 19 counties covering 6,192 square miles. More than 1,500,000 people live in the basin which is 1/6 of North Carolina's population.

Species in the Neuse River

There are an average 17 rare species of rare freshwater mussels and a rare snail species. 2 of the mussels are the dwarf wedgemussel and Tar River spinymussel. They are also listed as endangered. They are found in the Connecticut River, but North Carolina has the greatest distribution of this mollusk.
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Extra topics on the Neuse River Basin

There are many many many Environmental Educational Canters located around the Neuse River. Just to name some of the topics, there are camps, natural parks, there is an Exchange Nature Center at Neuseway also.