Yadkin Riverkeeper


Brian Fannon
[email protected]

The Yadkin Pee Dee River Basin is North Carolina’s second largest basin, including 5,862 stream miles and 22,988 lake acres, and spanning 21 counties and 93 municipalities. The River Basin covers approximately 7,221 square miles of North Carolina. The current population within the basin is about 1.6 million, with an average population density of 222 persons per square mile. Approximately half of the watershed is forestland, most of it privately owned. From its headwaters near Blowing Rock, the Yadkin River flows east and then south across North Carolina’s densely populated midsection. The basin’s rare species inventory includes 38 aquatic animals.

Brian holds degrees in Biology (BS, Wake Forest University), Historical Geography (MS, Appalachian State University), and Physical Geography (Ph.D, UNC Greenbsboro.) He has worked as a fisheries biologist in Alaska and numerous locations on the East Coast, several positions in Natural and Cultural History preservation and interpretation, Education Director at Allison Woods Outdoor Learning Center, and taught at several schools and Universities, including rural Kenya. His career has been focused primarily on aquatic systems and resources, and he is currently the Yadkin Riverkeeper, based in Winston-Salem, NC.


846 West Fourth Street
Winston.Salem, North Carolina 27101