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Community Foundation of Gaston County grants $5,000 to CRF for Riverkeeper Program

Community Foundation of Gaston County grants $5,000 to CRF for Riverkeeper Program

The Community Foundation will fund Catawba Riverkeeper's work in Gaston County.


Emilee Syrewicze, Executive Director, Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation


Charlotte, NC (December 13, 2016) – The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation (CRF) is pleased to announce it has received a $5,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Gaston County. These funds will support the Riverkeeper Program in Gaston County. 

The purpose of the Riverkeeper program is to protect the health of the waterways in the Catawba River basin for everyone who depends on and enjoys them. Examples of Riverkeeper program activities include: responding to pollution reports, patrolling waterways, water/sediment/fish sampling, commenting on proposed projects/permits, meeting with elected officials and community groups, giving interviews with media, training Water Watchers and Covekeepers, and leading eco-tours.

Ultimately, all residents of Gaston County will benefit from the work of the Riverkeeper. Clean, healthy waterways are essential for our community.

Emilee Syrewicze, the Catawba Riverkeeper Executive Director expressed her enthusiasm for the grant and thanks to the Community Foundation when she said, "We are so thankful to the Gaston County Community Foundation, not only for its financial support, but for acknowledging the importance of clean, plentiful water in our community.  Supporting the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation means supporting our local natural resources." 

The Community Foundation awards annual grants through a competitive application and review process. “In light of the excitement of the GO campaign (Go Outside), funding to provide clean and safe waterways in Gaston County has never been more imperative. Funding from the Community Foundation to Catawba Riverkeeper supports pollution reports, patrolling waterways, water/sediment/fish sampling, projects/permits input, and many other initiatives that protect our community,” stated Ernest Sumner, President of CFGC.

For more information about Catawba Riverkeeper’s work, visit or


About the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation
The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation advocates for the health, protection and enjoyment of the Catawba-Wateree River watershed. The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation provides education, processes and programs to protect drinking water and the many resources of the entire Catawba-Wateree River watershed. Catawba Riverkeeper’s experienced network includes a diverse community of members, engaged volunteers and professional staff whose dedication of time, talent and resources protect and enhance our river today and for future generations. The vision of Catawba Riverkeeper is for the waters of the entire Catawba-Wateree River basin to always be of high quality and abundant quantity to sustain and enhance the lives of all the humans, the wildlife and the ecosystems that depend on it. For more information, visit  

About the Community Foundation of Gaston County

The Community Foundation of Gaston County is the leading steward of philanthropic giving by connecting donors with community needs to enhance the lives of present and future generations. The nonprofit organization has invested more than $82 million in grants and scholarships over its 37-year history. At its core, the Community Foundation is an organization created with gifts from generous people committed to local causes. For donors, the Foundation serves as a philanthropic advisor. For the community, the Foundation serves as a grant maker and a civic leader. Through the support of its donors and fundholders, the Foundation has been able to address some of the community’s most pressing needs, including hunger, housing and education. For more information, visit

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To report South Carolina water pollution call 1-888-481-0125.

To report North Carolina spills or fish kills, call your local regional Department of Environment & Natural Resources office during normal business hours (704-663-1699 for most Catawba basin areas or (828) 296-4500 for Burke, Caldwell, McDowell and other mountain counties) or 800-858-0368 after hours.  (For more information on NC spill reporting, click here)

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