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Protection • Advocacy • Education

Clean, plentiful, affordable water now and for generations to come.

Our Mission

We educate and advocate to protect the Catawba-Wateree River Basin’s lakes, rivers and streams for everyone who depends on and enjoys them.

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What We Do

How You Can Help Preserve the River


Help us protect the Catawba-Wateree River by volunteering for our special events such as river cleanups, Eco-Tours and more!


Become a member of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation and help us ensure clean water for generations to come.

Spread the Word

Our online Advocacy Guide can help you spread the word, take positive action steps to protect our river and stay up-to-date on the latest news.


We offer several events throughout the year where you can have a great time while connecting with others who are passionate about the environment.

"Great team of people who love the Catawba-Wateree River and work hard to protect it."

- Gary Faulkenberry

"I've seen first hand what a great job these folks do to help keep our source of drinking water cleaner! thank you all!!"

- Kirsten Parrish

@catawbariverkeeper #rivergram

 Riverkeeper Sam Perkins was recognized by @sustain_clt as the Outstanding Sustainability Leader at their annual awards this evening! We have enjoyed partnering with Sustain CLT on environmental issues in the area, especially stormwater!  Just spoke at the #MarchForScience about the importance of protections for #CleanWater! #EarthDay  REUNITED!!! @saraahhwalter our summer 2016 CREEK intern came out for the #greatfallsriversweep today and brought friends from @winthropu. It was so awesome to see her again! There are still open spots for 2017 internships. Check out our website under 'help us' #CRFinterns #volunteersofcrf #stumpypond #weheartourinterns #catawbariverkeeperfoundation #Catawbariverkeeper #catawbariver
 @charlotteobserver #NailedIt (there is also a bad billboard bill in the #NCGA) #NCPOL #CleanWater  Beautiful day on Mountain Island Lake, the drinking water reservoir for 1 million people around Mecklenburg and Gaston Counties! Storms now rollin in... Thank you to our volunteers (looking at you, MIL Lakekeeper Chuck Myers) for getting this boat working again! #CleanWater  So many awesome photos from the cleanup today. Even had a cameo from #mecklenburgparksandrec #CorporatechallengeNC @earthsharenc #volunteersofCRF #Catawbariverkeeper #catawbariverkeeperfoundation
 What. A. Day. In the #NCGA. We were in contact with a lot of senators (including speaking in the Rules Committee above) and will continue to fight buffer eliminations in Senate Bill 434. These are buffers we don't just covet, we NEED! On to the House. Thank you to all who have contacted your senators. Be in touch with your representatives! More to come... Thank you to @upperneuserk in particular for all his help navigating Raleigh #CleanWater  Thank you @southwings for accommodating us for another great flyover to document pollution. And thank you for being relatively gentle when you had to re-accommodate us...  #CorporatechallengeNC is underway and we are gunning for team with most spirit award! Thank you to @earthsharenc for organizing this environmental volunteer day for #EarthDay and thank you to @TIAA FOR coming out to volunteer #volunteersofCRF #Catawbariverkeeper #catawbariverkeeperfoundation #littlesugarcreek #rivergram
 Elise, our Gold Award Girl Scout was helping out at the #schielemuseum #EarthDay celebration, engaging kids in her water quality activity. Always happy to have the #girlscouts at our events! #catawbariverkeeperfoundation #Catawbariverkeeper #volunteersofCRF #rivergram  The #GreatFallsRiversweep was a great success! This sweep was organized almost entirely by our #volunteer, Mike. We could not do what we do with out our #crfvolunteers!! We had about 50 volunteers help cleanup today, filled a 32 foot long dumpster to the top, had great bbq, gave away a kayak, and got to listen to some great music from the Mike Faulkenberry and the Whiskey Profits band with Jason Switzer helping them out today. It was a great day! Now time for a nap  #GreatfallsSC #LancasterSC #CatawbaRiver #Catawbariverkeeper #catawbariverkeeperfoundation #volunteersofcrf  Remember, when it rains, it runs off! Be ready to check for sediment runoff and sewer overflows while driving home today after the intense rain we're expecting at about 5 PM. #nofilter #CleanWater
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