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Cape Fear River Basin

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Map of NC River Basins 


Chapel Hill is located in North Carolina's Cape Fear River Basin.  It is the largest of the state's 17 river basins, and the only North Carolina river basin that flows directly into the ocean.  

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History and Nature

Cape Fear River Basin Profile (NC DEQ Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs)

Discover North Carolina's River Basins (NC DEQ Office of Environmental Education and Public Affairs)

NC Wildlife Resources Commission Cape Fear River Basin Overview


Assessments and Water Quality

Chapel Hill is in the Jordan Lake subbasins (subbasins 5 & 6 of the Cape Fear River Basin).

About the Integrated Report
      2014 CPF 305b Integrated Report

2005 Cape Fear River Basin Water Quality Plan

2004 Cape Fear River Basinwide Assessment Report

1999 Cape Fear River Basinwide Assessment Report  

Chapel Hill Water Quality Investigation (Cape Fear River Basin 030306), Orange County:  A Biological Unit Study from 1998 compared benthic macroinvertebrates collected in 1993 and 1998 at ten sites around Town.

NCSU Water Quality Programs: Cape Fear River Basin Overview

Triangle J Council of Governments Upper Cape Fear Watershed Prioritization Project

NC Floodplain Mapping Program: 2001 Draft Cape Fear River Basin Plan

NC Division of Water Resources River Basin Planning Branch


Watershed Organizations

Cape Fear River Assembly

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