The Clinch River flows into Roane County and is a large source of drinking water for us. The upper Clinch is a free-flowing river and among the most bio-diverse in North America. It is a treasure that too few Tennesseans appreciate.

“This is our Amazon River. This is our Great Barrier Reef,” said Ahlstedt, shouting to be heard over the flowing water.

“Mussels are indicator species,” he said as he searched. He was looking in a beautiful stretch of the river in Hancock County about six miles south of the Virginia state line.

“Clean water is essential for their survival and they are often referred to as the canary in the coal mine. This river supplies our drinking water all the way down.”

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