French Broad Riverkeeper


Hartwell Carson
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The French Broad River is approximately 218 miles long with a basin encompassing 5,127 square miles. Originating at the confluence of the West and North Forks, the French Broad River descends slowly through North Carolina's Transylvania, Henderson, and southern Buncombe counties. Flowing north from Asheville into Madison County and then into Eastern Tennessee, the river descends much more rapidly, remains relatively shallow, and increases in velocity. The watershed is host to 97 species of fish, 26 species of salamanders, nine 9 turtle species, five 5 native mussel species, and nine 9 native crayfish species.

Hartwell Carson has worked to protect and defend the French Broad River as the Riverkeeper for the last six years. He has played a key role in reducing sediment pollution, starting and expanding bacteria, sediment, and coal ash monitoring programs, implementing stream restoration, and ensuring that regulations are adequate and enforced to meet the goals of the Clean Water Act. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Georgia, and earned his Master’s of Science from the University of Montana. Hartwell currently serves as the president of Tennessee Riverkeeper, board member of the Asheville Affiliates and North Carolina Paddle Trails Association.


29 N. Market Str, Suite 610
Asheville, North Carolina 28801