Study Area

watershed.bmp (182358 bytes)The study area encompasses the entire Cape Fear River Basin from the headwaters in Rockingham and Forsyth Counties, downstream past Jordan Lake and to Lock and Dam No. 1 near Wilmington.   This includes the entire portion of the Cape Fear River that is not influenced by tides from the Atlantic Ocean. 

The Cape Fear River, while situated wholly within the State, is also the largest watershed in North Carolina. The river arises in the north central Piedmont near Greensboro and empties into the ocean below Wilmington. The total catchment area is 9,324 sq. mi., or 16.5% of the total landmass of the state. Of that total, about 5,255 sq. mi. lie within the immediate study area above Lock & Dam #1.  With 6,204 stream miles, the Cape Fear River is also the most extensive river system in the state.

centerpivotirrigation.jpg (16014 bytes)The Cape Fear River basin hosts a wide variety of land uses. These include the largest concentration of hog farms in the United States centered on Duplin and Sampson Counties. In addition, there are 114 municipalities within the catchment area, including large urban centers such Greensboro, Fayetteville and Wilmington. People within the watershed and in adjoining regions depend on the river for water supply, wastewater assimilation, power generation, navigation, recreation and other purposes.

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Cape Fear River Assembly

The Towns of Apex, Cary and Morrisville

Wake County.

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Last updated: May 13, 1999.