OUR MISSION

The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation advocates for the health, protection and enjoyment of the Catawba River watershed.

Silhouetted Tree at River Walk 2 (Morganton) by Raymond Grubb

The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation ("CRF") was formed in 1997. It is an award winning 501(c)(3) non-profit operating in the 24 counties of the Catawba-Wateree River watershed in North and South Carolina. The Catawba Riverkeeper Program is the only environmental organization to receive three Best of Charlotte Awards for “Best Effort to Improve the Environment” in 1999, 2000 and 2004. Other awards include the Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission’s Blue Fin Award for 2003 and 2011, the Lake James Task Force Award for Outstanding and Distinguished Service in 2004, and the 2005 J. H. “Mac” McSwain Community Service Award for exemplary community service to the Lake Wateree Community.  More recently, Catawba Riverkeeper received the Charlotte Community Sustainability Award for Water in 2012 and 2013. Also in 2013, CRF's Executive Director received the James S. Dockery Award for Environmental Leadership in the South from the Southern Environmental Law Center and CRF was named as one of "seven non-profits worth your money" by Charlotte Magazine.  A more complete list of awards can be viewed at http://www.catawbariverkeeper.org/aboutus/awards

CRF seeks to maintain its independence by remaining a member supported non-profit organization with administrative headquarters in Charlotte, NC. CRF is not a government agency.  We train and lead six locally based Covekeeper Programs on Lake James, Lake Hickory, Lake Norman, Mountain Island Lake, Lake Wylie and Lake Wateree. Our Lake Norman Covekeepers manage an Island Keeper Program that has removed trash from Lake Norman's 42 islands since 2002.  We also have trained volunteers through our Covewatcher, Streamwatcher, Waterwatcher and Muddy Water Watch programs.  In addition, we operate a youth kayaking program and lead periodic family paddling trips.  We are licensed by the Waterkeeper Alliance, Inc. 

More information about CRF: 

Waterkeeper Alliance

The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation is a member of Waterkeeper Allicance.  Waterkeeper Alliance is a global environmental organization uniting more than 200 Waterkeeper organizations around the world. It focuses its citizen advocacy on the issues that affect our waterways, from pollution to climate change. Waterkeepers patrol more than one million square miles of rivers, streams and coastlines in the Americas, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa.

The History of the Waterkeeper Movement

What do Waterkeepers Do? 

Waterkeeper Alliance "Join Us" from W2 Films on Vimeo.

 

Contact Information:

 

421 Minuet Lane, Suite 205

Charlotte, NC  28217- 2784

Phone:  704.679.9494 

Fax:  704.679.9559

Toll Free:  888-679-9494 

 

Hill Island Bluff Just Before Dawn (Great Falls) by Nancy Pierce

 

I realized the RIVERKEEPER® was really about the right of any child to cast a line in the river and catch a fish for the family table. Of all the complex issues we would endeavor to solve...none would prove a greater challenge than that small, simple dream.  -- John Cronin, founder, Hudson RIVERKEEPER®

 

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP PROTECT THE CATAWBA RIVER AND WATEREE RIVER, CLICK HERE.

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News
Feb 18, 2015 One Year After the Dan River Coal Ash Spill
A reflection of what has happened and where we need to go to address one of the most grave threats -- coal ash -- to our waterways.
Feb 12, 2015 Lake Wateree Covekeepers, Citizens Stand Up for Water Quality Regulations at Planning and Zoning Board Meeting
Agenda item considered eliminating buffers, other protections for Kershaw County
Feb 12, 2015 SC Ash Cleanup Ahead of Schedule
In 2012, SCE&G settled a lawsuit brought by the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation and the Southern Environmental Law Center by agreeing to clean up a leaking ash pond at its power plant on the Catawba-Wateree River. According to a recent report, that cleanup is ahead of schedule. Unlike SCE&G, Duke Energy has not cleaned up any of its ash ponds on the Catawba-Wateree River.
Jan 05, 2015 Coal Ash Problem Bigger than Previously Thought
As State officials return from the holidays and begin sifting through all of the information being generated about the coal ash ponds in North Carolina, it is becoming apparent that the problem is bigger than previously believed, and that very little is know about how whether the contamination from the ash ponds will affect drinking water wells or other water supplies.
Dec 19, 2014 NEW EPA COAL ASH RULE FALLS SHORT OF PROTECTING PEOPLE, WATER
EPA's waste designation of coal ash -- years in the making -- allows state/utility oversight, leaving coal ash in place and using ash as unlined structural fill.
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Report Pollution in the Catawba River

Help protect your River! 

Tell your Riverkeeper if you see:

  • Sewage Overflows
  • Failure to control sediment from construction sites
  • Illegal clearing of buffer areas
  • Fish kills 
  • Unpermitted discharges
  • Other issues that concern you

Click here to fill out a pollution report or to report water pollution to Catawba Riverkeeper by phone, call 1-888-679-9494 or 704-679-9494.  In addition, to informing your Riverkeeper, you should also report spills or contamination to federal, state and local environmental officials.

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)

Alliances

The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation is a proud member of EarthShare North Carolina, the North Carolina Conservation Network, River Network and the Waterkeeper Alliance.  

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421 Minuet Ln Ste 205 . Charlotte, NC 28217-2784 . Phone: 704.679.9494 . Fax: 704.679.9559