Cape Fear Riverkeeper


Kemp Burdette
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The Cape Fear River watershed is the largest in North Carolina, covering over 9,100 square miles of the U.S. in east central North Carolina. The Cape Fear is the only major river in the state to flow directly into the Atlantic Ocean, entering the ocean near Cape Fear, from which it takes its name. The Cape Fear River watershed is an incredibly rich and diverse ecosystem, home to a wide range of plant and animal life, including ancient cypress trees, alligators, otters, black bear, a large variety of birds and a host of fish species. Cape Fear River Watch strives to protect this beautiful ecosystem for future generations to enjoy.

Kemp Burdette is the Cape Fear Riverkeeper and works to protect and improve the water quality of the Cape Fear River in southeastern and central North Carolina. He is a North Carolina native who grew up exploring the waterways and swamps that make the Cape Fear region so special. Kemp has lived and travelled around the world as a US Navy search and rescue swimmer, a Fulbright Scholar, and a Peace Corps volunteer. At home and abroad Kemp has always been interested in the way humans interact with their environment. His academic background is in geology and history, graduating from UNC Wilmington magna cum laude with honors, and he holds a master of public administration (MPA), also from UNC Wilmington. Kemp spends most of his free time with his two daughters Olivia and Caroline outside exploring nature.


617 Surry Street
Wilmington, North Carolina 28421