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.

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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

 Our great paddle this morning through the Spider Lilies at peak bloom! 2nd in gallery is video. This is one of many reasons to work for #CleanWater We were repping one of our upcoming #RiverWeek partners, @sugarcreekbrewing, just downstream of where the namesake comes in! And yes, protecting your water now comes with a flag, machete and dry-bag fannypack.  Have you heard the news?! The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation has been awarded a $100,000 grant from #WomensImpactFund! The two-year grant will allow CRF to hire additional staff to double our capacity to protect our waterways. See link in bio for more information.  We had a fantastic Water Watcher training with 35 folks by upper Lake Wylie Saturday! Thanks for coming out and learning about how to protect and work toward #CleanWater #nofilter #volunteer
 Great day scouting the Spider Lilies and removing debris blocking a takeout channel for our eco-tour tomorrow! Lilies are at about peak bloom. Higher water (4,000 cfs). Gawjus. THIS is one of many reasons you want #CleanWater coming from upstream. Largest population of Rocky Shoal Spider Lilies in the world. #nofilter  Look at that beautiful buffer! Patrolled Lake Wylie yesterday. That buffer is what we're fighting to protect for more than 1,000 miles of shoreline. Updates to come on our Facebook page on S434 and other legislation we need you to contact your elected officials about (both NC and SC). #CleanWater #LakeWylie #CatawbaRiver #buffer  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!
 The after photo. This was a terrific group of volunteers from the #edgewatercommunity. As they brought in the trash some said they were going out again on their own, and all have invited us back in the near future for another clean up. #VOLUNTEERSOFCRF #Catawbariverkeeper  It was a beautiful day to clean kayaks and go for a paddle.  A big thank you to @catawbalands and their #volunteer group for working so hard to get our kayaks ready for our summer #CREEKprogram. And we are always grateful to our kayak hosts at #TailraceMarina for keeping our kayaks over the winter and helping us with anything we needed today! If you are looking for a great place to rent kayaks in #mounthollyNC go to Tailrace Marina! #rivergram #CatawbaRiver #Catawbariverkeeper #catawbariverkeeperfoundation  @charlotteobserver #NailedIt (there is also a bad billboard bill in the #NCGA) #NCPOL #CleanWater
 Small but mighty  We have a highly motivated group of volunteers on #fishingcreek today for the cleanup. These folks care about the water quality in their community and came out on a cold cloudy morning to clean up their lake! #edgewatercommunity #LancasterSC #VOLUNTEERSOFCRF #Catawbariverkeeper #rivergram #riversweep #waterislife  We had a great morning at the @knightsbaseball game today teaching students about water quality for their STEM Education Day. We were able to talk to a lot of curious kids today about what they can do to keep the river clean and healthy! Thanks to our #CRFvolunteer who came out to help today! Our volunteers are so important to what we do! #charlotteKnights #takemeouttotheballgame #CLT #volunteersofCRF #catawbariverkeeperfoundation #Catawbariverkeeper #rivergram #youtheducation  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
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