The Pigeon Watershed (HUC 06010106) covers approximately 415 square miles in western North Carolina. The hydrology of the area is heavily influenced by the Great Smoky Mountains, which receive significant amounts of precipitation and snowfall. The watershed is home to several high-elevation reservoirs, including Lake Junaluska and Lake Logan, which supply water for local communities.
In terms of climate, the Pigeon Watershed experiences a humid subtropical climate, with hot summers and mild winters. The area receives an average of 55 inches of precipitation per year, with significant snowfall in the winter months.
Recent trends in the area include increased development and land-use changes, which can impact water quality and availability. In addition, climate change is expected to have significant impacts on the region, including potentially altering snowpack patterns and increasing the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events.