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  • A dozen people in waders engaging with the river
    Haywood County leaders exploring the Pigeon River. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Experiment looks at mussels in the Pigeon River

    July 7, 2010 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. The Pigeon River, flowing from North Carolina into Tennessee, has long been infamous for its poor water quality. The source of those issues has been a paper mill in the town of Canton, and in recent years the mill has done much to clean up the water they put back in the river. The endangered Appalachian elktoe mussel is found in the Pigeon River, but only upstream of the paper mill, though there is hope that one day it will be found downstream as well.  Learn more...

  • A hand holding a small white fish with red markings on its face and dorsal fin.
    Warpaint shiner. Photo by Gary Peeples, Brett Albanese, Georgia DNR – Wildlife Resources.

    Fish return to Richland Creek

    June 1, 2010 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. Richland Creek needs fish. The Haywood County, North Carolina stream starts near the Blue Ridge Parkway at Balsam Gap and flows north, along highways 23 and 74, through Waynesville and into the Pigeon River. A history of water pollution decimated fish populations in the stream, a story similar to the Pigeon River. In recent years, both streams have become dramatically cleaner, and the Pigeon has been the focus of an aggressive and successful effort to restore native fish species.  Learn more...

  • A dozen children check out small insects that were collected in the river.
    Students gathered around the macroinvertebrate table. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Haywood County kids hit the water

    January 5, 2010 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. The headwaters of the Pigeon River are just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. The river flows northwest across North Carolina’s Haywood County, crossing into Tennessee before joining the French Broad River. The town of Canton, North Carolina straddles the river and is home to a paper mill that was the historical source of water quality problems that eliminated much of the life in the river for miles downstream - one of the most egregious examples of water pollution in the Southern Appalachians.  Learn more...

  • Two students wearing waders in a stream inspect a seine.
    Western North Carolina’s Pigeon River is home to the endangered Appalachian elktoe mussel. Photo by Gary Peeples.

    The Southeastern drought impedes efforts to recover the Pigeon River

    April 3, 2009 | 2 minute read

    Transcript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. The Pigeon River flows across North Carolina’s Haywood County and into Tennessee, where it joins the French Broad River. The river is infamous for the historical levels of pollution from the Champion Paper mill in Canton, North Carolina - pollution which eliminated a lot of life from the river. Although not yet to a point many people would like, the effluent from the mill, now Blue Ridge Paper, is a lot cleaner than it used to be and for several years the University of Tennessee has led a project to help restore some of the aquatic diversity to the Pigeon River.  Learn more...

  • Children inspect insects from the creek with a magnifying glass.
    Taking a closer look at stream insects. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

    Kids in the creek gets 8th graders’ feet wet

    July 27, 2008 | 2 minute read

    Transcript It’s not very often 8th graders get to see their teacher kiss a fish, however, students from North Carolina’s Waynesville Middle School got to see language arts teach Phyllis Kapsalis pucker up and smack one on a northern hogsucker during a recent trip to the Pigeon River. Haywood County’s Kids in the Creek program gets every public school 8th grader in the county out of the classroom and into the Pigeon River to learn about streams and water quality.  Learn more...

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