French Broad River Basin
By: Teyla and Dalton
How Many Miles Of Streams and rivers are included in the basin?
The french broad
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.