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ENVR 360: Environmental Restoration - Dr. David Gillette - Spring 2020: Stream Health

Resources from UNCA's Special Collections used in ENVR 360

Stream Health Resources

Upper French Broad Defense Association

  • Box 5, Folder 4: “A Flood Control Proposal for the Upper Swannanoa River to Protect Its Lower Flood Plain, 1972”
  • Box 7, Folder 3: Swannanoa River Impoundment Study

RiverLink Papers (re: Swannanoa River again- there are multiple boxes of material on the Swannanoa- you’ll need to do a “ctrl + f” search in the finding aid; below you will find a sample of what’s there)

  • Box 24, Folder 19: Swannanoa River Watershed TVA Report
  • Box 25, Folder 2: Upper Swannanoa River Watershed Proposal, 2006
  • Box 37, Folder 38: Swannanoa Watershed Project
  • Box 38, Folders 51-53: Swannanoa Watershed Project Materials

MountainTrue Papers

  • Box 39, Folder 11: “The Preservation and Enhancement of Stream Quality, Pigeon River Action Ground”

League of Women Voters

  • Box 1, Folder 18: Correspondence regarding the ‘208 Water Quality Management Plan’- does not have measurable data, but is a unique look at a local Asheville group and their work in championing a program for controlling water pollution from point and non-point sources

Voices of Asheville Oral History with James W. (Red) Hoyle Sr.

  • He mentions the French Broad and water quality issues; provides a unique, first-person, layman’s view on water quality in the area.


Other: ​If you haven’t read Wilma Dykeman’s The French Broad, then I would recommend adding it to your reading list.  The Library has two copies and we have a copy in UNC Asheville Special Collections. It’s from the classic “Rivers of America” series. There is also an excellent article about both her and this literary work on the Asheville Citizen-Times located here.



Special Notes

The original topic for this group was protected areas and biological corridors, before being changed to stream health.  There is a good amount of information, primarily in the RiverLink and MountainTrue Papers, regarding greenways/blueways.  Most of the greenways/blueways in WNC are along rivers and could possibly be tied into the health of the river/success of biological corridor health.

Other Sources