Watauga River Basin
North Carolina Basin
Watauga River Basin
The Watauga River is a large stream in western North Carolina and East Tennessee. It is 60 miles (97 km) long with its headwaters on the slopes of Grandfather Mountain and Peak Mountain in Watauga County, North Carolina. It's mouth is The Holston River. It is a fresh water river. Some of the cities close by are Kingsport, and Franklin. It is the 2nd smallest river basin in the state. The population is about 23,359. Rivers and streams in this basin are generally of high water quality. Over 95% of the rivers and streams fully support their use, while 5% of the streams are threatened. There are a number of high quality and outstanding resource waters in the basin, with excellent trout fishing. Two fish species, one salamander species, and one mollusc are listed by North Carolina as either Endangered, Special Concern, or Significantly Rare. This is a very small but popular atraction for fishing and rafting.
Plants and Animals
An otter is any of 13 living species of semiaquatic mammals that feed on fish and shellfish, and also other invertebrates, amphibians, birds and small mammals.
Hawk is a common name for some birds of prey, widely distributed and varying greatly in size. The large and widespread Accipiter genus includes goshawks, sparrowhawks, the Sharp-shinned Hawk and others.
A dragonfly is an insect belonging to the order Odonata, the suborder Epiprocta or, in the strict sense, the infraorder Anisoptera. It is characterized by large multifaceted eyes, two pairs of strong transparent wings, and an elongated body.
5 Facts about this basin
Eichhornia, water hyacinth, is a genus of aquatic flowering plants in the family Pontederiaceae. The genus is native to South America.
The blackberry is an edible fruit produced by many species in the Rubus genus in the Rosaceae family, hybrids among these species within the Rubus subgenus, and hybrids between the Rubus and Idaeobatus subgenera.
A fern is any one or more of a group of about 12,000 species of plants belonging to the botanical group known as Pteridophyta. Unlike mosses, they have xylem and phloem. They have stems, leaves, and roots like other vascular plants.