Contact Us

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

Rick Gaskins - Executive Director

& Riverkeeper

Rick Gaskins Biographical Information

rick@catawbariverkeeper.org

 
Office:

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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News
Jun 29, 2015 Google to build a big data center at an old coal plant in Alabama
Google plans to build its first new U.S. data center in eight years at an aging coal plant in rural Alabama, the search engine giant announced Wednesday at a press conference outside of the new site. The data center in Jackson County will cost $600 million to build and will create 100 jobs for the region.
Jun 26, 2015 North Carolina Legislature could gut lake, river protections
When we think of the Neuse River, most of us conjure up images of leafy banks, sandy beaches and placid waters ideal for canoeing and kayaking, not thousands of dead fish floating on the surface.
Jun 25, 2015 Duke Energy proposes full excavation of 12 additional coal ash basins in North Carolina
Building on the momentum of coal ash excavation work already underway at several Carolinas sites, Duke Energy today recommended full excavation of an additional 12 coal ash basins in North Carolina. The material would be safely reused in lined structural fills or permanently disposed in lined landfills. While this is a step in the right direction, we need to further the clean-up efforts in the Catawba River Basin.
Jun 23, 2015 Duke Agrees to Clean Up More N.C. Coal Ash, Others Left Behind
Additional sites bring commitment to about half of sites in state, but sites with majority of remaining ash and with majority of contaminated drinking water wells remain uncommitted for cleanups
Jun 22, 2015 EPA coal ash rule receives criticism
Neither industry nor environmentalists are happy about a new Environmental Protection Agency rule to manage coal ash, details of which were heard by the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on Wednesday.
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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.  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