2015 Annual Meeting

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Most presentations from our 2015 Annual Meeting are available. Scroll down to click on name of presenter to download a PDF file.


Coastline Convention Center – Wilmington, NC
May 14 -15, 2015


Join us for the 2nd Annual Joint Cape Fear River Assembly and Cape Fear River Partnership Meeting. This promises to be an important basin-wide forum for those concerned with the current challenges facing our Cape Fear River. Take part in long-range discussions about how our region can become more sustainable over the next 25 years.

This educational meeting will be of interest to local, state, and federal government officials, academic and private researchers, educators, practitioners, government resource agencies, and anyone who has an interest in the future of the Cape Fear River. This event will connect our common interests within North Carolina’s largest watershed. This two-day meeting will provide the latest information about:

Sub-Basin Water Quality Conditions and Trends
Climate Change and Rising Sea Levels
Socioeconomic Issues and Research
Stormwater Management
Recreational Opportunities

The conference will feature informative talks and panels; along with networking opportunities, and educational exhibits. In addition, an evening river boat dinner cruise will be offered through Wilmington Watertours on Thursday, May 14th. We also welcome everyone to an eco-tour of Carolina Beach State Park on Friday afternoon (May 15th.)

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Above Photograph by CFRA Member Jen Schmitz

Thursday, May 14th

Organizational Annual Meetings

8:00 – 1:00 Cape Fear River Partnership Meeting and Lunch Click for Agenda

10:00 – 1:00 Cape Fear River Assembly Board Meeting and Lunch

Public Education Meeting

1:00 – 1:15 Welcome and Announcements

Dr. Tom Hoban, Cape Fear River Assembly
Dawn York, Cape Fear River Partnership

1:15 – 3:15 Climate Change and Rising Sea Levels

Paul Hearty, UNC Wilmington
Spencer Rogers, UNC Sea Grant Program
Scott Shuford, City of Fayetteville
Alba Polonkey, Sustainable Sandhills

3:15 – 3:30 BREAK

3:30 – 4:15 Linking Water Quality and Migratory Fish Passage to Economic Contributions of Fisheries and Water Use

John Hadley, Division of Marine Fisheries
Dan Ryan, The Nature Conservancy

4:15 – 5:00 Sub-Basin Water Quality Monitoring Reports

Cy Stober, Piedmont Triad Regional Council
Chad Ham, Fayetteville PWC
Mike Mallin, UNC – Wilmington

5:00 – 5:30 CFRA Annual Meeting – Elections and Announcements

6:30 – 8:30 Evening Dinner Cruise of the Cape Fear River

($20.00, Pre-Registration Required)

Join us on the Wilmington Watertour Cat. Pre-boarding will begin at 6 pm on the waterfront dock directly behind the Hilton. Registration fee is $20.00 and includes heavy appetizers, one free cocktail and a relaxing sunset cruise on the Cape Fear River.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

8:00 – 9:00 Professional Exchange Breakfast (FREE)

9:00 – 9:45 Land-Use and Water Quality Across the Cape Fear River Basin

Jennifer Alford, UNC-Greensboro

9:45 – 10:00 BREAK

10:00 – 10:45 Stormwater Management: Challenges and Opportunities

Peter Raabe, American Rivers

10:45 – 11:00 BREAK

11:00 – 11:45 Exploring the Mountains to the Sea Trail

Kate Dixon, Friends of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail

11:45 – 12:00 Conference Wrap-up

12:00 – 1:00 Networking Lunch

(FREE, but Pre-Registration Required)

1:00- 4:30 Educational Field Trip to Carolina Beach State Park

(FREE, Pre-Registration Required)

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This represents the 2nd Annual Joint meeting of the Cape Fear River Assembly and Cape Fear River Partnership. We are combining our annual meetings to ensure a greater comprehensive coordination of efforts to protect and improve the future of the Cape Fear River. We invite anyone with an interest in the river to come to this interesting event.

Cape Fear River Assembly

Founded in 1973, the Cape Fear River Assembly (CFRA) includes members from the Triad to the coast. A 39-member Board of Directors representing industry, academia, agriculture, government, and conservation interests from the entire river basin governs CFRA. CFRA’s mission is to promote high quality of life for residents of the Cape Fear River basin by encouraging proper water and land management. Our goal is to bring together key stakeholders from the state’s largest and most developed watershed – to form a common vision for future water quality and quantity management.

Cape Fear River Partnership

The Cape Fear River Partnership was formed in 2011 with a vision of a healthy Cape Fear River for fish and people. The Partnership’s mission is to restore and demonstrate the value of robust, productive, and self-sustaining stocks of migratory fish in the Cape Fear River. Building on the momentum of the newly constructed fish passage at Lock & Dam #1, this partnership of key federal, state, local, academic, and other organizations in the region is working together on a multi-year Basin Action Plan. Using a broad range of tools and capabilities, we seek to provide long-term, habitat-based solutions for the most pressing challenges for migratory fish in the Cape Fear River Basin.

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