Catawba Riverkeeper has received numerous awards and honors for its work including the following:

  • 2013-11 Rick Gaskins receives James S Dockery Award from SELCThe Catawba Riverkeeper won Sustain Charlotte's Community Sustainability Award for Water in 2016.
  • Charlotte Magazine listed the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation as one of seven charities worth supporting.
  • The Southern Environmental Law Center named CRF's Executive Director Rick Gaskins as the recipient of the 2013 James S. Dockery Award for Environmental Leadership in the South.
  • Sustain Charlotte recognized CRF's Executive Director Rick Gaskins for Outstanding Contributions to Local Sustainability in the water category at the Community Sustainability Awards in 2013.
  • 2011 Blue Fin Award conferred by  the Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission. The Blue Fin Award honors people and organizations that have “done positive things on or around Mountain Island Lake that benefit the lake residents and its visitors.”  
  • David Merryman, who was Catawba Riverkeeper at that time, received Sustain Charlotte's leadership award for water at the inagural Community Sustainability Awards in 2012.
  • In 2009, CRF's Executive Director (Rick Gaskins) was featured in Business North Carolina magazine as the top vote getter among environmental attorneys in the “North Carolina Legal Elite.” 
  • The 2005 Robert H. "Mac" McSwain Community Service 2011-12 Riverkeeper gets Blue Fin award from MIL Marine Commission.award for outstanding community service to the Lake Wateree Community
  • 2004 Best of Charlotte-Best Activists: Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, Creative Loafing
  • 2004 Environmental Organization of the Year-Community Organization-Lake Norman Covekeepers bestowed by Keep Iredell Clean for the Island Keeper Program
  • 2003 Blue Fin Award conferred by  the Mountain Island Lake Marine Commission. The Blue Fin Award honors people and organizations that have “done positive things on or around Mountain Island Lake that benefit the lake residents and its visitors.”  
  • Catawba Riverkeeper received the 2001 “Environmental Health Award” by the Mecklenburg County Health Department
  • Catawba Riverkeeper named Charlotte’s “Best Advocate – May ‘00” by Charlotte Magazine
  • Catawba Riverkeeper program is the only environmental advocacy group to twice receive Creative Loafing's "Best of Effort to Improve the Environment" award two years in a row, 1999 and 2000
  • Catawba Riverkeeper named “1999 Guardian of the Environment” by the Charlotte Observer
  • Catawba Riverkeeper and the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundations were each separately named as a recipient of the Charlotte Coalition’s “Blue Thumb Award” in 1998
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Jan 25, 2017 NC Riverkeeper Report
From the perspectives of 12 NC Riverkeepers, this report discusses how multiple environmental issues pose challenges in the pursuit of clean, plentiful water. Whether you are in North Carolina or downstream in South Carolina, read this report about the state of environmental enforcement.
Dec 13, 2016 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.
Dec 12, 2016 A Successful Launch of our Water Education Program at Great Falls Elementary
Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation in partnership with 4-H Clemson Cooperative Extension successfully completed our pilot Education Outreach Program with 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students from Great Falls Elementary.
Sep 27, 2016 Lake Wateree Fall Cleanup a Sweeping Success
86 volunteers collected 5,490 pounds of trash from Lake Wateree
Jun 13, 2016 Dozens of Youth Reached in Water Education Outreach Program Pilot Lessons
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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)


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