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Bathymetric and Topographic Surveys of the French Broad River at Highway Construction Sites near Asheville, NC


In January 2020, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) began work on the Interstate 26 (I 26) highway widening project that involves bridge crossings over the French Broad River (FBR) near Asheville, North Carolina. The NCDOT is committed to minimizing environmental impacts resulting from the I 26 widening project and aims to be a steward of the FBR corridor. To be effective environmental stewards, NCDOT needs to know when and where geomorphologic changes are occurring within potentially impacted areas. In June 2019, the U.S Geological Survey (USGS) in cooperation with the NCDOT, began collecting pre-construction bathymetric and topographic data to characterize streambed and streambank morphology of the FBR in the [...]

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