By Emily Rico and Olivia Frappier
Where is it at?
The Little Tennessee River basin drains part of southwestern North Carolina in Graham, Macon, Swain, Jackson, and Clay counties in the Blue Ridge physio graphic province. The headwaters of the Little Tennessee River are in northeastern Georgia where it flows for seven miles before entering North Carolina. Its major tributaries Cullasaja, Nantahala, Tuckasegee and Cheoah rivers. Major lakes in basins are Fontan, Santeetlah, and Glenville. The Little Tennessee River flows into the Tennessee River once it crosses the North Carolina- Tennessee border and eventually enters Gulf of Mexico
How long is the river basin?
There are about 2501 square miles of rivers and streams in the Little Tennessee river basin. Length of river is 135 mi. Watershed is located in Tennessee and North Carolina. More than half the land in the basin is publicly owned and 89% of the land is forested. Many lives take place in this lake, there are 90 rare plants and animal species.
How many people live in the basin?
There are approximately 94,566 people near the river basin. Most of the population lives in and around Franklin, Sylvia and Cherokee a reservation that is home to the entire eastern band of Cherokee Indians, which numbers 12,500.s. In the past 25 years, however, a growing population and accompanying land development have escalated runoff. Population in the basin is expected to increase by a third by 2020.
Describing the Little Tennessee River Basin
In the upper Tennessee River Basin to control insects, fungi, weeds and other undesirable organisms. These compounds are very toxic. The upper Little Tennessee River Basin travels in wide meanders through pastures and farmland before reaching Emory Dam below Franklin. In the 5 miles downstream of Lake Emory the river bends from north to. Total miles of streams and rivers that comes along are 2,501. Although their may be cons in the river there are also pros the Little Tennessee River Basin offers many opportunities to enjoy and explore nature through walking, hiking and biking.