Cape Fear River Wake County Towns Want More Water, Downstream Neighbors Worry By Rebecca Martinez • Mar 11, 2015 malla_mi / Flickr State environmental officials will decide this week whether to allow Cary, Apex, Morrisville and other Wake County communities to have an additional nine million gallons of water per day. They say they need it to serve their rapidly growing communities. They want more treated water moved from Jordan Lake into the Neuse River Basin instead of sending it to the Cape Fear River Basin. Tom Fransen is Water Planning Section Chief for the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Journey Down NC's Wild Cape Fear River By Phoebe Judge • May 22, 2014 Donald Lee Pardue / Flickr/Creative Commons There are 17 major rivers in North Carolina, but Philip Gerard puts the Cape Fear River at number one.