What they do: Promote enjoyment of the Catawba River, maintain water quality, and protect the water system from coal ash pollution, sewage, and encroaching developments.
Why you should donate: “Charlotte is 100 percent dependent on the Catawba River,” says Executive Director Rick Gaskins. “If the water becomes contaminated or we run out, we have no backup source.”
Geographic reach: The river runs through 24 counties in North and South Carolina and serves 1.7 million people.
What’s next: A family-friendly paddling trip through 180 acres of spider lilies—the world’s largest collection of this rare flower. The springtime tour leaves from Landsford Canal State Park, south of Rock Hill, S.C.
To volunteer or donate: Call 704-679-9494, or visit catawbariverkeeper.org.
To see information about other charities, go to http://www.charlottemagazine.com/Charlotte-Magazine/December-2013/Seven-Charities-Worth-Your-Dollar/