French Broad River Basin

By: Teyla and Dalton

Where Is The River Basin Located In North Carolina?

The French Broad River Basin flows from 218 miles from near the town of Rosman in Transylvania Count, North Carolina.

How Many Miles Of Streams and rivers are included in the basin?

4,136 streams and rivers are located in the basin.

How many people live in the basin?

As of 2000, the population is 392,906.

The french broad

The French Broad creates the famous Tennessee River. Although at first glance it appears unattractive to the eye, the French Broad river has a score of fascinating distinctions. It is so old as to be practically devoid of fossils. The French Broad is older than the mountains in which it now finds itself. It existed before a huge landmass crashed into the eastern shores of the main body of land that is now North America. When the collision took place, over thousands of years in duration and millions of years ago, the land slowly buckled and began the formation of the Appalachian Chain. As the mountains gained height, the river kept flowing, cutting into and through them as they rose. When the French Broad river was young, so was the world.

The most widespread problem facing the French Broad River basin is habitat degradation from nonpoint source pollution. Large development, urbanization, and agriculture are also evident nonpoint sources of pollution and sedimentation. Highway development and construction pose significant threats to many areas of the French Broad River basin, along with poorly managed steep slope development contributing runoff and sedimentation. Nutrient enrichment is a more serious issue in this basin than in any other basin in the region. Increasing in severity are threats from hydrologic modifications, from activities such as impervious surfaces, floodplain filling, and stream channel alterations. Impoundments pose a smaller threat to this basin than to other basins in Western North Carolina. Specifically within the French Broad River sub-basin, point source pollution, including both current and lingering effects from past pollution, contributes significantly towards habitat degradation and the extirpation of priority species.

So much has already been achieved , but improvements are still possible. It seems that the chemical quality of most water bodies is good. In a limited number of bodies of water , the maximum allowed limits are still being exceeded for a limited number of substances, such as cadmium. In most bodies of water, the water life.- plants and\

nimals that live in and around the water is doing moderately well.

The Animals of the french broad