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Sampson County Cooperative Extension/Soil and Water Conservation District; Friends of Sampson County Waterways; Mid-Carolina Council of Governments; Cape Fear River Assembly; Cape Fear Arch Conservation Collaborative; Town of Newton Grove; Triangle J Council of Governments (consultant)

 
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Great Coharie Creek Local Watershed Plan
Sampson and Johnston counties

EEP initiated this collaboration in 2008 to assist the N.C. Dept. of Transportation in meeting mitigation needs associated with roadway projects.  The Great Coharie Creek LWP area is 53 square miles and feeds into the main stem of Great Coharie Creek, where EEP has 4,850 acres of high quality preservation.  The Great Coharie LWP effort allows EEP to develop a presence in the watershed, promote the importance of water quality and habitat protection and to work with stakeholders to implement watershed improvement projects and recommendations through state, federal and local partnerships for the long-term improvement and protection of watershed functions.
 

A Preliminary Findings Report was completed in 2010.  EEP and its consultant, Triangle J Council of Governments, along with the N.C. Division of Water Quality are currently completing the watershed assessment, including water-quality and biological monitoring.  A watershed management plan and project atlas that includes wetland, stream and riparian buffer restoration, enhancement and protection opportunities, agricultural and stormwater BMPs as well as management and policy recommendations is expected to be completed in 2013. 

Local Watershed Plans:

EEP uses watershed planning to identify the best locations to implement stream, wetland and riparian-buffer restoration. The planning process considers where mitigation is needed and how EEP's mitigation efforts might contribute to the improvement of water and habitat quality in the state.

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The N.C. Ecosystem Enhancement Program's mission is to restore and protect North Carolina’s natural resources for future generations while supporting responsible economic development.

EEP utilizes receipts from its programs to restore streams and wetlands where the need is greatest by working with state and local partners, including willing landowners. The N.C. Department of Transportation and other developers voluntarily use EEP to move projects forward in a timely and affordable manner.

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