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

 It's been a hot week, but our #CREEKprogram participants are keeping cool on the #CatawbaRiver. S/O to our volunteers and staff who make this program possible. Special thanks to the Rotary Club of Charlotte and CRF members for funding the program.  We had a great time at @muddyriverdistillery tonight. Check out the tour schedule and support our local friends! Thanks for a great time.  Pott Creek on the Catawba/Lincoln County border is gorgeous. Difficult to believe someone could let 200,000 gallons of dairy manure spill into its headwaters. We've inspected multuple points along the creek down to the South Fork. No advisory signs were ever put out (that we saw or heard of). Rains are helping it dilute and flush through. We hope to have details on the incident soon.
 We are so excited to be a part of SummerSHARE, a way to shop for products that nonprofits need! #GiveNeedaVacay by checking out our wishlist at #summershareCLT  Presented updates and reviewed the year at the Wateree Homeowner's Association (WHOA) annual meeting, where -- big news! -- they voted to merge with the Lake Wateree Association! Both organizations have 500 members and have been very supportive of CRF over the years. Congratulations!  Introducing the Young Allies of the River (YAR) - a social/service group for Catawba Riverkeeper friends in their 20s and 30s! Our next event is a photo scavenger hunt at Freedom Park on July 20th. See link in bio for details. #yarreadyforthis
 Learned a lot about GIS (mapping technology) at the ESRI user conference last week! Excited to use new software to protect water! With 16,000 folks, attended technical workshops, learned how others are using GIS around the world, chatted with engineers who develop the software and worked with other nonprofits on solutions to use GIS to protect water. See some of current maps at Did so much work, didn't even get to one of San Diego's great breweries!   #esri #esriuc #worthit  Hanging out at the @farmersmarket_davidson this morning with #WorldOfWonder. The stormwater model has been a big hit!  Great day around Lake Hickory. Always great to see people enjoying the waterfront swimming, fishing and just taking in the view. Met with the city and am excited about the plans for a new riverfront park!
 Our #heavyliftingcrew today: our four #CRFinterns and Whit, our #crfvolunteer. Could not have done it without this great team  S/O to our board member Martha who bravely leant us her SUV. We're hauling 12 kayaks just with hers. #VOLUNTEERSOFCRF #Catawbariverkeeper #landsfordcanalstatepark  Glad to partner with @sweetwaterbrew and @dilworthgrille for the #SaveOurWater campaign. Don't miss the kayak raffle! Proceeds go to Catawba Riverkeeper. #kayak #raffle #cleanwater #CatawbaRiver  Been a great past week of patrols by water, air, foot and car! Wylie (bottom right) looked good today. Upper pic is Norman from yesterday's flyover with @southwings. Wateree last Wednesday. Still some issues to work on, but it's pretty, especially from the air!
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