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Water Pollution in the Cape Fear River

Water Pollution in the Cape Fear River has become a major issue and its our duty to keep it clean
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Alan Wells

on 6 May 2013

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Transcript of Water Pollution in the Cape Fear River

Water Pollution in the
Cape Fear River Pollution in the Cape Fear has become a major problem and if we do not take action then the River will be endangered for future generations Water Pollution Cont.
There are two types of pollution, point source and non point source

Point source is when you can physically point at the source of pollution.

Non-point source pollution is runoff or rain that is washed into the River in numerous ways. Physical
Product Pollution will harm the River for future Generations Many oyster beds are created in tidal basins that offer a prime environment for them to thrive in

If sludge from one of the industries gets washed into these beds it could damage or destroy the oyster bed and the habitat around it Member Member The Cape Fear River is ideal for many different water activities including hunting, fishing, kayaking, and boat sports.

Many locals know the good fishing spots in the river and have been fishing them for over 50 years.

These people would like to get the chance to show their sons and grandsons these honey holes but will not be able to if pollution kills off large populations of fish (cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr (cc) photo by theaucitron on Flickr Point Source Pollution
This waste is considered point source because you can physically point at the source of pollution. Three Main Topics of my Graduation Project
How pollution negatively affects the Cape Fear River
Wildlife and Geography of the River
Pollution will harm the River for future Generations How Pollution negatively affects the Cape Fear River

Over 280 major industries dispose large amounts of waste into the Cape Fear River that can kill schools of fish and harm close by estuaries


Fish can mistake pollution washed or tossed into the River for food which causes them to die


If the water pollution in the Cape Fear River continues at this rate the River recreational activities could be endangered for future generations Wildlife and Geography of the River

The Cape Fear River has been used as a major transportation resource for over 200 years transporting goods into the Atlantic Ocean

The picture to the left is of Lock and Dam #1 which is a great fishing spot on the River, and also provides a safe place for fish to come upstream and have their spawn The Cape Fear Rivers diverse ecosystem provides an ideal location for birds to hunt and live.

These Birds and ducks can easily mistake litter for food and take it back to their families to eat Four years ago "Redneck Beach" on the Cape Fear River was shutdown due to waste in the water which caused an unsafe area for swimmers.

If this trend continues than the river will be deemed unsafe to use and will loose tens of thousands of visitors Wildlife and Geography cont.

Many fish use the river as a spot to go for safety out of the Ocean and lay their spawn.


This provides an even better area for the young fish to grow up and mature before entering the river Testing water quality in the Cape Fear River near
lock and dam #1 On the public boat ramp after volunteering with Cape Fear River Watch and working with CCA
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