American Rivers – Cape Fear River

“With the Cape Fear River basin seeing dramatic growth in population and urban development, finding solutions for clean water becomes harder yet more important every day. American Rivers is grateful to The Orton Foundation for supporting our work to improve the river’s health both for communities and nature.” – Peter Raabe, North Carolina Conservation Director

The Haw River runs free after the dismantling of the  Granite Mill Dam. Photo: Erin McCombs

The Haw River runs free after the dismantling of the Granite Mill Dam. Photo: Erin McCombs

American Rivers promotes green infrastructure as a cost effective and long term solution to polluted stormwater. Natural rainwater treatment mechanisms include rooftop vegetation to control stormwater and reduce energy use; restoring wetlands to retain floodwater; installing permeable pavement to allow rainwater to seep into the ground; and preserving natural landscapes to filter and purify water supplies.

With support from The Orton Foundation in 2016, American Rivers led efforts in nutrient criteria rule-making processes for the Cape Fear River area to assure stormwater is controlled in cities. They also engaged and educated elected and municipal officials on the benefits of green infrastructure and developed policies and projects. Learn more about American Rivers here.