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

 Great day out on Lake Wateree yesterday! Sediment and algae remain major issues. The dam upstream is a unique setup with two hydro stations at each side of the dam. Perhaps the coolest hydro house in the basin is on the left. That is Rocky Creek Hydro Station, built in 1909. Look at that building! It looks like it is from an old ship! #CleanWater #sunburn #lakewateree #CatawbaRiver  300 people, 300 @waterkeeperalliance programs, 35 countries, 6 continents. Our international conference is full of amazing stories, sessions, and learning. The global movement for #CleanWater is strong! Always fascinating to hear worldwide perspectives. #WKAC17  Quiet morning on #LakeNorman today. That'll change very soon. Have a great #MemorialDayWeekend everybody and be safe out there!
 Second annual @oldemeckbrew cleanup on #mountainislandlake this morning. Thanks to everyone who came out. We got 46 bags of trash off the shores today  #catawbariver #catawbariverkeeper #localbeerstartshere #goodbeerneedsgoodwater  The face when you realize this Thursday is the hang out at Lucky Dog Bark and Brew at 6:30 PM!  Check out our link the bio and we can't wait to see you there! @barkandbrewclt  Meet our Summer 2017 Marketing and Events Interns! Both rising seniors, Hank is a student at UNC Chapel Hill and Rachel is a student at Queens University of Charlotte. #CRFInterns
 Sewer overflow! See our Facebook Live for more details. Why did people not only pollute our water but make these nice fellas have to come out on a Sunday -- and Father's Day! Tributary to Little Sugar Creek impacted. Noticed the odor from a couple hundred yards away on my way to the gym. Called Charlotte Water, and they were there within the hour. Help us spot and report these! If you smell something, look around and say something. Map of prior overflows:  'My family has been living on bottled water for 776 days.' -Amy Brown, Belmont resident and Allen coal ash neighbor #FromTheAshes panel  Busy day checking up (and reporting) on sediment and sewer runoff issues with all this rain. When it rains, it runs off! Keep an eye out! #CleanWater
 S/O to this crew who worked hard today to move 20 kayaks from Tailrace Marina to Landsford Canal State Park. Now we're ready for the #CREEKprogram to start on Monday. #CRFInterns #kayak  Have you heard the buzz about our event on Thursday, June 8th at @barkandbrewclt? See link in bio or our Facebook event. Pictured: Intern Hank Photo cred: Intern Rachel #LuckyDog #CRFInterns #rivergram #CatawbaRiverkeeper  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.
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