The Appalachian region, as defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission, is comprised of 410 counties of 13 different states including all of West Virginia, and parts of Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. This pathfinder concentrates on the rivers that form the river basins and watersheds of the 29 counties of North Carolina included in the ARC area: Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Buncombe, Burke, Caldwell, Cherokee, Clay, Davie, Forsyth, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell, Macon, Madison, Mitchell, Polk, Rutherford, Stokes, Surry, Swain, Transylvania, Watauga, Wilkes, Yadkin, and Yancey. This pathfinder limits its scope to the rivers that are recognized as river basins by the North Carolina Division of Water Quality and are from west to east: the Hiwassee, Little Tennessee, French Broad, Broad, Catawba, Watauga, New, and the Yadkin-Pee Dee. Concentration will be on issues that are of particular interest to environmental and riparian concerns and include the preservation and conservation of these rivers along with the topics of pollution, water quality and development. Riparian is a term often cited and as defined by Webster’s Dictionary as, “of or relating to or located on the banks of a river or stream”. This is the main area in which development threatens the water quality and ecosystem of a river and a zone which is of great concern to river conservationists.
An Assessment of the North Carolina Natural and Scenic Rivers System.
Division of Parks and Recreation, Planning and Assessment Section
Raleigh, N.C.: The Section, . WCU State: C 12 309: A84
■ Broad River NC And SC
■ Catawba River NC And SC
■ French Broad River
■ Hiwassee River
■ New River NC WVa
■ Pee Dee River NC And SC History
■ Watauga River NC And Tenn
■ Yadkin River NC
■ Environmental Permits NorthCarolina
■ Fish Habitat Improvement NorthCarolina
■ North Carolina Rivers
■ Rivers -- NorthCarolina -- Management
■ Riparian Areas NorthCarolina
■ Riparian Ecology NorthCarolina
■ Riparian rights -- NorthCarolina
■ Stream Conservation NorthCarolina
■ Stream Ecology
■ Stream Ecology NorthCarolina
■ Water Quality NorthCarolina
■ Wild And Scenic Rivers Economic Aspects
■ Wild and scenic rivers -- Law and legislation -- NorthCarolina
■ Watauga River Watershed (N.C. andTenn.)
■ Stream ecology -- North Carolina, Western
■ Stream conservation -- North Carolina -- Ashe County
■ Stream conservation -- North Carolina -- Alleghany
■ Canoeing : see Paddling
■ Creeks: see Streams, Rivers, Paddling
■ Economics - Western North Carolina
■ New River
■ Allegheny County, NC
■ Christmas Trees: see also Agriculture
■ Fontana Dam
■ Ice Climbing: see Climbing
■ Kayaking: see Paddling
■ New River Dam: see also Allegheny County, NC
■ Pigeon River: see Champion International; Rivers
■ G3903 (general)
■ G3922 (local)
■ GB980-992, 1001-1199.8, 1201-1598
■ GE 170-190, 300-350
■ HD1635-1702, 1711-1741
■ QH1-199.5 (general), 540-549.5
■ S622-627, 900-972
■ TD169-171.8, 172-193.5, 201-500, 419-428, 429.5-480.7
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Mary Rachel Taylor
October 06, 2011