Who is the Cape Fear River Assembly
The Cape Fear River Assembly (CFRA) is a basin-wide group of diverse stakeholders including agriculture, local government, industry, academia, community based organizations, and citizens who strive to maintain and improve the quality of life in the Cape Fear River Basin by encouraging smart management of the river, its tributaries, and adjacent land use from a basin-wide perspective. CFRA is dedicated to a balanced use approach to natural resource management that preserves the river ecology while ensuring economic well-being for future generations. We do this by providing educational opportunities to improve understanding, encouraging dialogue between all interests on important issues, and championing various projects that benefit all citizens of the Cape Fear River Basin.
Our mission will be accomplished through education, monitoring and advocacy. We believe that scientific research, including socioeconomic analyses provides the information needed to make the best possible decisions regarding our river system and its uses. We strive to work with and support the many public and private organizations who share our mission.
As an example of our work, the Cape Fear River Assembly recently held a series of public information forums. One forum was conducted for the Upper Basin (at Elon University.) The second was conducted for the Middle Basin (at Fayetteville State University.) The third forum was conducted for the Lower Basin (at UNC-W Center for Marine Sciences. Each forum included presentations, posters, a documentary file, and a series of public involvement activities.
Education helps to ensure wise stewardship of our natural resources. We believe that more informed decisions will lead to improved stewardship of the river system as a shared resource. This includes understanding of natural systems and ways in which human actions impact these systems. We hope this website will serve as an important resource to ensure proper stewardship for future generations.
One of the Cape Fear River Assembly’s most important activities is our annual meeting that has been held each May for over 40 years. Each year the meeting focuses on a key theme related to important issues facing the Cape Fear River and its watershed. Invited speakers from a variety of perspectives provide background information and up-dates to help people better understand the River’s challenges and opportunities. The meeting is open to anyone who is interested,
The Cape Fear River has historically been a lifeblood of southeastern North Carolina. Over the years, people have sought to use the river for recreation and other purposes. As the largest and most developed river basin in the state, we need to make sure the various land and water uses are compatible. This website will provide you with details on the many wonderful recreational opportunities that are available throughout the Cape Fear River watershed.
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