Coweeta LTER installs environmental monitoring stations near Asheville’s Beetree Reservoir

In May 2016, the Coweeta LTER in partnership with the City of Asheville, NC’s Water Resources Dept. installed three environmental sensor stations to monitor soil moisture, soil temperature, and air temperature in ridge, side-slope, and cove locations. The sites were established above the Beetree Reservoir in eastern Buncombe County. The stations are located within an 8900 hectare forested and protected watershed that is the drinking water supply for the City of Asheville, North Carolina. The goal of the study is to evaluate the hydroclimate variability of the French Broad River Basin in comparison with the more mesic conditions found near the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory in Macon County, NC.