LITTLE TENNESSE RIVER BASIN

By: Job D. Galeana

Location:

  • Part of southwestern North Carolina
  • Headwaters of this basin are in northeastern Georgia
  • Water flows 7 miles before entering NC

Size=

1,797 Square miles

Population=

94,566
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Major Cities in basin

  • Lenoir City
  • Bryson City
  • Franklin
  • Sylva
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Major counties

  • Macon County

Headwaters/source region

  • Bonas Defeat Gorge
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Drains/empties at...

  • Blue Ridge Mountains
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Total miles of rivers/streams within basin

  • 2,501 miles
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Native animals

  • Elk (Cervus canadensis)
  • Scarlet king snake (Lampropeltis elapsoides)
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Native Plants

  • Camellias (Camellias)
  • Wild petunia (Ruellia humilis)
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Tourist attractions

  • Great Smokey National Park
  • Great Smokey Mountains
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Water quality

  • Generally excellent, very good compared to other water sheds or water bodies.

Sources of pollution

  • Pesticides
  • Fertilizers
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Preventing pollution

  • Multiple conservation activities are helping maintain rural and land scapes witing the Little Tennesse River Basin

FUN FACT

  • The Little Tennesse gorge contains a rich, expansive and undisturbed mountain forest with such rare plant species as mountain camellia and wild petunia.