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The Slender Chub inhabits the Upper Tennessee River Basin of Tennessee and Virginia. It was federally listed as a threatened species in 1977 throughout its range, which is one of the smallest ranges among North American river fish. One of the main reasons for the fish's decline is its preference for living in fine-gravel shoals, and the biggest threats to the Slender Chub is the degradation of its habitat through dredging, chemical spills, gravel removal, pollution, river alteration, and silt build up. For instance, silt from coal washing operations has degraded habitat in the Powell River. The recovery of this species in this particular river depends on a reduction in coal silt runoff.

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