The Water Quality and Quantity Committee was formed with the recognition that water quality issues may impact populations of striped bass and other diadromous species in the Cape Fear River. Part of our mission is to survey the nature of water quality challenges, broaden awareness of these challenges among the Partnership members, and keep the Partnership updated on progress (or lack thereof) in mitigating these problems.
Similarly, we seek to broaden public awareness of these issues and to identify actions that may assist the Partnership or its constituent members in identifying actionable tasks and funding to support them.
The Cape Fear River Partnership Water Quality and Quantity Committee brings together regulators, industry professionals, NGOs, and academics to focus on the biological, physical, and chemical integrity of the Cape Fear River and work to protect and improve conditions for migratory fishes. This includes posing questions about current, historic and future conditions, collaborating on research projects, sharing data, and supporting each other on seeking funding. The Water Quality Committee encourages communication between stakeholders throughout the river basin to serve as an alert system and monitor changing conditions over time. Topics of interest include emergent contaminants, potentially harmful algal blooms (pHABs), eutrophication and nutrient criteria development, water supply studies, and impacts and mitigation of concentrated animal feeding operations.