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Yadkin-Pee Dee River Basin
Transcript of Yadkin-Pee Dee River Basin
The total number of miles of streams and rivers in the Yadkin-Pee Dee River Basin totals to 5,862 miles.
Yadkin-Pee Dee River Basin
By: Ryan Curry
Endangered Plants and Animals Found In The Yadkin-Pee Dee River Basin
Animals that are rare and endangered in the basin include the Carolina Heelsplitter, Shortnose Sturgeon, and the Robust Redhorse. Some Plants found in the Basin include the Dogwood, Azalea, Lady-Slipper, and the Honey Suckle.
The Yadkin-Pee Dee River Basin is located in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. It is the second largest basin in North Carolina at 7221 square miles. Most of the basin is made up of man made lakes. The Basin's headwaters are near Blowing Rock that then flows East and then South through North Carolina.
Cities Within The Basin
Some large cities and towns include Wilkesboro, Dobson, Yadkinville, Kernersville, Winston Salem, Mocksville, Thomasville, Lexington, Statesville, Asheboro, Salisbury, Mooresville, Kannapolis, Concord, Albemarle, Troy, Mint Hill, Monroe, Wadesboro, And Rockingham. There are 21 counties located within the basin.
Water Features In The Basin
Some of the features in the Basin besides the major rivers include Badin Lake and High Rock Lake. A waterfall in the basin is Mcgalliard Falls.
Interesting Facts About The Basin
The rolling Uwharrie Mountains and fertile land gave a great place for human settlement 12,000 years ago.
This basin provided the first documented gold discovery in the nation.
It is the second largest river basin in North Carolina.
The Population of the basin according to 2010 census is 1,675,937.
About half of the basin is forested and only 13% is developed.
The Basin separates counties as it runs through North Carolina.
Places I Have Visited or Would Like to Go
I have been to Dan Nicholas Park, North Carolina Zoological Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, and High Rock Lake. I would like to visit Horizons Park to go hiking and bilking.
Recreational Activity's Found In The Basin
The Yadkin River Canoe Trail is a place I would like to visit. It starts below the W. Kerr Scott Reservoir near Wilkesboro and ends at High Rock Lake. It is a 125 mile long river trail for paddlers with beginner to medium skills. One of the 14 public access is Tailwater Access with the coordinates of N 36º08.15’ W 81º13.39’
Sixty-Seven percent of all rivers and streams and Thirty-Six percent of lakes in the basin are considered impaired by the NC Division of Water Quality (NC DWQ), meaning they do not meet the water quality standards set by the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and the NC DWQ. Man made lakes, dams, industries, and land development have changed the quality of the water.