New River Basin

Lloyd, Micah, Brooke

Vocabulary

river basin-drainage area riverwatershed-all the land drained by river,stream,or lakeaquifer-a pourus rock layer underground that is a reservoirecological address-river basin you live in made of nine other which are topoography,wetlands,groundwater,biodiversity,soil,air,climates,and energy.

statistics/profile

total miles of streams and rivers-918 milesmunicipalities within basin:6counties within basin 3size-752 square milespopulation-49,693(20,000 U.S Census)

History

History of basin

1998 president Clinton named the New River an American Heritage River.(an honor he gave only to thirteen rivers in the nation.)Twenty-six miles the lower South Fork New River in North Carolina portion of the New River are designated as national seen it rivers. That stretch is also classified by the state as Outstanding Resource Waters because of its recreational ecological importance and its excellent water quality.Stewardship is a tradition in the New River basin

Geography

Near the Amphibolites Mountains which stretch from northeastern Watauga County central Ashe County.The mountains contain rich soils that nurture an ashtonishing diversity of plants over 70% of the 120 rare plants in the basin live here.There are lots of trees here in the mountain areas.

Human impact

Wildlife and habitats are destroyed by population growth usually by removal of natural areas.When land is cleared for development, rain, melting snow, pick up eroded sediment pestisides and fertilizers which carry them to streams and rivers.Runoff of human and animal waste is also a problem.

Stewardship

Organization in agencies raise money to get the skills, knowledge, and talent that is necessary to slove water quality problems.Mini tree farmers are participating in voluntary, experimental programs to lessen the impact of Christmas tree production on water qualitity.Signs in each state's 17 river basin call attention to basin boundaries and promote stewardship of public waters.

Bogs

The New River Basin is home to many mountain bogs-lush, mossy-green, fern-filled, and grassy habitats.Because they are flat by nature, they seem a bit unlikely in the step environment which makes them an exceedingly rare habitat.Nearly 90% of the state original mountain bogs have been drained or converted to man made features.