How does one plan for development of water resources in a river basin?

Is the area suitable for a flood control project? Does it really have great water recreation potential? Would the construction of dams and lakes enable a more judicious use of this water resource?

According to Vance Whitfield of the Research Triangle Institute in North Carolina, these are among the questions being pondered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in an attempt to find out how the water in the Cape Fear River basin can be used to better advantage.

The Cape Fear River, formed by the confluence of the Deep and Haw Rivers, flows for about 200 miles before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean below Wilmington, North Carolina. Its basin has a drainage area of 8570 square miles. The population in the basin area is growing faster than the national average. Increased population, more disposable income, ancd more leisure will inevitably placet additional demands on both the present water supply and the recreational facilities in the basin.