|The Lower Cape Fear River Program is a large-scale water quality
and environmental assessment program covering the Cape Fear River Estuary and a large
portion of the lower Cape Fear River watershed.
A collaboration of academia, government, industry, and the public, the program is located at and administered by the Center for Marine Science at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Program objectives are to develop an understanding of the fundamental scientific processes shaping and controlling the ecology of the Cape Fear River system and provide a mechanism for information exchange and public education. Numerous physical, chemical, and biological measurements are collected at thirty-four different sites on a regular basis so biologists, chemists, physicists, and geologists will be able to understand freshwater, estuarine, and nearshore marine processes in the Cape Fear River basin. This research will complement and refine the current basinwide management plans being developed by the
a program in the middle Cape Fear River basin is performing similar monitoring activities
and a program in the upper Cape Fear River basin is in the planning stages. With the
commencement of monitoring in all three basins, regulators will have comprehensive
scientific based information with which to form educated decisions regarding activities in
the Cape Fear River basin.
is the Cape Fear River Important?
|Monitoring & Research
Advisory Board & Technical Committee Info
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