The Great Coharie River Initiative

Coharie Intra-Tribal Council Inc. 

The Great Coharie River Initiative is designed to restore environmental, educational and cultural significance of the Great Coharie River to Native American communities by enriching water quality and public access.

Counties Impacted:

  • Sampson
  • Johnston

Over the last two years the Great Coharie River Initiative has amplified awareness regarding the value of water quality along the Great Coharie River following two decades of neglect and abuse by storms and invasion of non-desirable plants and destructive wildlife. The Coharie People and its partners understand clearly how clean and navigable waters will enhance public access for educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities along one of North Carolinas hidden treasures.”

-- Phillip Bell, volunteer coordinator of the Great Coharie River Initiative 



The Water Resource Fund from Duke Energy is a multiyear, $10 million commitment to protect and restore waterways in the Carolinas and neighboring states. Learn more about the projects we’ve supported, and how you can get involved.