In response to the number of slope movements (landslides) and the destruction caused by the remnants of Hurricanes Frances and Ivan in western North Carolina in September 2004, the North Carolina General Assembly authorized the North Carolina Geological Survey (NCGS) to produce landslide hazard maps for 19 western counties. Watauga County was the second county selected after Macon County. The intent of the landslide hazard mapping program is to provide the public, local government, and local and state emergency agencies with a description and location of areas where slope movements have occurred, or are likely to occur, and the general areas at risk from these slope movements. The locations of previous slope movements are important because they often reoccur in the same general areas. This predictive mapping is not intended to be a substitute for a detailed, onsite analysis by a qualified geologist or engineer. This publication consists of four maps:
Unfortunately, these maps will no longer be printed. To download a pdf copy of these maps, please go to: http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/lr/wataugacounty
Sheet 1: Slope Movements and Slope Movement Deposits Map of Watauga County, North Carolina - 70"x42" (map shown)
Sheet 2: Stability Index Map of Watauga County, North Carolina - 76"x42"
Sheet 3: Known and Potential Debris Flow Pathways in Watauga County, North Carolina - 65"x42"
Sheet 4: Showing a Zone of Potential Rock Slope Instability in Watauga County, North Carolina (with Generalized Bedrock Geologic Compilation) - 67"x42"
By Richard M. Wooten, Anne C. Witt, Kenneth A. Gillon, Thomas J. Douglas, Rebecca S. Latham, Stephen J. Fuemmeler, and Jennifer B. Bauer. August 2008.