AC-T: Section of French Broad River makes state’s ‘impaired’ list

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that the state officials have listed an 8.2-mile section of the French Broad River, south (upstream) of Asheville as being one of many “impaired” waterways in the region. The updated list is open for public review at

From the AC-T

Two years after making its debut on the list of the state’s impaired waterways, an 8-mile section of the French Broad River upstream from the city retains its unflattering status, although some say the river on a whole is cleaner than it has been in many decades.

The 8.2-mile impaired section beginning at Mud Creek, which is upstream (or south) of Asheville Regional Airport, was placed on the state’s impaired waters list in 2012 because of high levels of fecal coliform. It returns to the 2014 list, along with many returning streams, and about 15 newly listed streams in Western North Carolina. …

The testing is required by the federal Clean Water Act. Cam McNutt, of the Division of Water Resources, said some factors that can lead to a waterway’s listing include bacteria, chemicals, sediment, turbidity or excessive mud, and stormwater that carries oil, grease and other pollutants from roads and parking lots.

McNutt said anyone, from residents to cities to river stewardship organizations, is encouraged to review and comment on the list. The deadline for public comment is March 14.


Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.