Science Pub: Bringing a River Back to Life; Restoring the French Broad River Watershed One Species at a Time
This month’s Science Pub explores how rivers and watersheds in western North Carolina have a long history of disturbance. Nonetheless, water quality in the French Broad River and other rivers and streams in our region have generally improved in recent decades, due in large part to implementation of the Clean Water Act. What has been slower to recover are the many aquatic organisms that historically have made the Upper Tennessee River one of the most biologically diverse watersheds in nation. Restoring species diversity is key to improving and maintaining water quality and ecological integrity to the French Broad watershed. Retired U.S. Geological scientist and aquatic ecologist Rachel Muir will discuss, biological diversity, steps to improve the health of our region’s rivers and streams and the continued and new threats our vital water resources.