Contact Us

General contacts information and information about how to contact Catawba Riverkeeper about common issues.

Emilee Syrewicze  - Executive Director

Emilee Biographical Information

Contact Emile -


421 Minuet Ln Ste 205

Charlotte, NC  28217-2784

Phone: 704.679.9494

Fax: 704.679.9559


To report a pollution violation

Call 1.888.679.9494 toll-free

Request a CRF Staff member to speak at your next civic meeting

If you would like a CRF Staff member to speak about the work of the Riverkeeper and issues facing the Catawba River please fill out the speaker request form and return it to our CRF office. Speaker Request Form

Volunteer to Speak on Behalf of CRF

We receive a large number of speaking engagement requests from the community, and we would like to be able to fulfill all requests. Some presentation topics include:

      • Overview of Environmental Issues in the Catawba Basin
      • Common Issues
        • Buffer zone violations
        • Coal ash seepage
        • Sediment & stormwater runoff
        • Sewage overflows
      • Water Quality Issues
        • Sediment
        • Stormwater
        • Sewage
        • Coal ash ponds
        • Thermal pollution
        • Other
      • Water Quantity Issues
        • Inter-Basin Transfers
        • Drought
        • Minimum Ecological Flows
      • Threats to Water Security in the Catawba Basin
        • Coal ash ponds
        • Nuclear power plants
      • Fish and Wildlife in the Catawba Basin
      • Environmental Stewardship and the Catawba River
      • The Tale of Two Watersheds:  Sugar Creek and the Catawba River
      • History of the Catawba River 
        • How the Catawba River Won the Revolutionary War
        • Early exploration of the Catawba Basin 


If you are interested in volunteering your time to deliver a presentation or speech on behalf of CRF please fill out the  Volunteer Speaker Form

and return it to our office.

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Nov 17, 2015 Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation Launches Partnership with South Carolina 4-H and 4-H Science on the Move
New partnership aims to develop robust water education program highlighting the Catawba-Wateree River Basin.
Nov 16, 2015 UNCC Students Collect Over 200 Pounds of Trash
Student volunteers clean-up coves near Riverbend Access on Mountain Island Lake.
Nov 11, 2015 York County Planning Commission considering a way to limit development around Lake Wylie and its watershed
The planning commission reviewed the proposed Lake Wylie Watershed Overlay map as a means of limiting development near the Lake.
Oct 20, 2015 Violations of Standards? Change the Standards!
Bill 765 eyes changing groundwater standards for metals associated with coal ash after hundreds of violations around Duke Energy coal ash sites
Oct 19, 2015 VETO Bill 765
Worst environmental rollback bill in years is on Gov. McCrory's desk and will become law without his veto
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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)


The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation is a proud member of EarthShare North Carolina, the North Carolina Conservation Network, River Network and the Waterkeeper Alliance.  It also in in an alliance with Clean Air Carolina to address issues, such as sprawl, that cause air and water problems.

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