Much of Asheville’s French Broad goes on the “deteriorated” list.

ASHEVILLE – A mile-long stretch of France’s Broad River has been placed on the fault list of the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality, local environmental groups announced on Sept. 20, noting that better stormwater management is one of the best routes to follow.

The most recent DEQ tally of new compromised waterways shows that a 19-mile section of French Broad from NC 146 at Craggy Dam was added over the summer.

The list, updated every two years, also includes Bacoate Branch and Town or “Nasty” Branch, which originate near downtown Asheville and enter France’s Broad River in the River Arts District, according to a press release from River Link and MountainTrue.

In this case, the river – which is an economic powerhouse in western North Carolina, earning $ 3.8 billion annually – is considered damaged due to the presence of some bacteria beyond standard levels.

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