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French Broad River

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Candy Chavarria

on 11 December 2013

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Ecosystems and Habitats
The ecosystem--or habitat--of the French Broad River consists mainly of the river system and the forest around it, which is home to large quantities of preserved wildlife.
The French Broad River Basin is characterized by a mountainous topography
Hydro electric plants
The lower portion of the French Broad River is dominated by the major hydroelectric power dam and reservoirs which were built by the Tennessee Valley Authority.
Turbidity-water quality
The Headwater and Mouth
The French Broad River flows 213 miles from near the village of Rosman in Transylvania County, North Carolina, into the state of Tennessee.
French Broad River
Large amounts of sediment threats to ecologies by burying fish eggs and other aquatic habitats, making it difficult for the native trout and other fish to survive.

Since the tree's are no longer near the bank they no longer, hold the soil and the temperate in water is going up
Life in Water and on Land
It is debated that the French Broad River is home to the largest Great Blue Heron population in the world.
The French Broad River watershed is inhabited by the endangered Appalachian Elktoe mussel and the mountain surrounding it home to the endangered Mountain Sweet Pitcher Plant.
The French Broad watershed is:

Forest = 50%
Agriculture = 17%
Urban/other = 34%
The quality of the water in the French Broad River Basin is good, although approximately 11% or 400 miles are impaired by sediment, bacteria, toxic substances, and turbidity.
This is caused from agriculture, construction, urban development, point source discharges, and forestry activities.
The French Broad supplies over one million people with water.
Many tourists venture to this river to take part in recreational activity such as; kayaking, canoeing, swimming, and tubing, and to enjoy the environment's natural scenery.
Farm Crops

Flood Plain







As mentioned previously, most of the economical aspects of the French Broad River system are related to tourism, not agriculture. Mussels are a major source of agriculture, although many species have become endangered or extinct.

Toxic impacts triggered by point agricultural and transportation-related non point sources have significantly influenced biological communities, including federally threatened and endangered species.
The interesting thing about the French Broad is that it runs from the driest parts of North Carolina's river system through the wettest.

After several years of drought conditions, in the spring of 2009 the French Broad River began to flow at optimal levels to allow it to become an active tourist attraction once again.
River History
Rain resulting from moist air from the Gulf of Mexico that is forced into higher altitudes triggered the formation of the French Broad river. This process is still ongoing.

This river is so old that it is practically devoid of fossils, its only predecessors being the Nile and, ironically, the New River. The French Broad is also older than the mountains that encase it, existing before a huge landmass crashed into the shores of what is now North America.
Taking note that the French Broad river is located in a highly tourist-centric area allows us to acknowledge that it is probably localized by regulators of tourist attractions and the tourists themselves.
Stream Flow
All together, the French Broad River average steam flow is 2,035 cubic feet per second.
Natural Resources
Produces water for locals, also making paper
fire wood from the forest.
Local fishing markets
This Presentations follows the "fair use" rules of the copyright law.
By: Candy Chavarria, Ethan Cassell, Christina Conzone, Syrie Gariby
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