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The Little Tennessee River Basin

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Grace Nanney

on 4 October 2012

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Little Tennessee The biggest little river basin in the Smokies Unique Qualities Of the River Basin Animals of the River One of the animals that lives in the waters of the Little Tennessee River is the river otter. The otter is a native animal and eats the local food sources. They mainly eat shellfish found at the river bed. Recreational Activities of the River Basin {The Little Tennessee river basin contains almost all of the Great Smokies} Drive Under Bridal Falls
Whitewater rafting in Nantahala
Walk under dry falls
many hiking trails- from .3 miles to 80 miles
biking trails from .5 miles to 4 miles
paddling from 8 acres to 10,640 acres 1/2 of the land is publicly owned
89% of the land is forested
home to an indian reservation- 12,500 indians live there
In the forested area, there are many biking and hiking trails
There are over 12 different lakes in the river basin Land Use {One of the basin's lakes, Fontana Lake, has the highest concrete dam in the Eastern United States; it is also the largest dammed lake.} {Studies show that the basin's water quality is excellent!} {One of the basin's most popular falls, called Bridal Veil Falls for obvious reasons, is a great tourism attraction, mostly because it can be walked and even driven under!} {Compared to most river basins and watersheds, the Little Tennessee remains relatively unchanged.} What are three goals citizens can keep in mind to help the Little Tennessee River Basin stay healthy? For the river basin, sediment is the biggest threat to the ecosystem. The citizens living in and near this river basin can help with sediment problems by constructing less houses and other buildings near the river. Even driveway construction has a major impact on sediment amounts and turbidity in the basin. Anyone can always volunteer through organizations to keep the river basin clean and clear, or you can donate to companies buying land. Once they own the land, no one else can construct or build on it, keeping the ecosystem healthy. Lots of organizations like helping building hiking trails, especially ones that don't involve changing the area. Hiking trails are actually very important, as they share the beauty of the river basin with others. Spotfin Chub Other local animals include the fish, turtles, and Salamanders in the area. These animals also rely on the local food sources such as algae, micro- organisms, and the vegetation that grows in the area. The Little Tennessee's climate allows there to be much plant and animal growth. Some of it is benefiting to the area, and some of it is a problem. The algae can be a problem because it can kill off the other plants or fish, while the fish and turtles in the area can be a positive factor. Some of these animals can help eliminate the algae growth. The spotfin Chub is another one of the animals that are native to this river basin. The Spotfin Chub is a slender fish that does not exceed more than four inches in length. This fish is very unique because it is only found in this river basin and has not been seen anywhere else in the world. It survives off of the resources provided by this river basin.
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