Learn More About the Law

One of the best ways to help protect the Catawba-Wateree River is to understand the law applicable to protection of the River, and to help us advocate for better enforcement of the law.

Wilson Creek area - waterfall on Steel Creek

There are a variety of statutes, regulations, ordinances and cases that govern the Catawba- Wateree.  Catawba Riverkeeper periodically offers training about the applicable law as part of its Covekeeper, Covewatcher, Stream Watcher and Muddy Water Watch classes.  If you are unable to attend these classes, or you want to know more before our next class, you can get more information through the following links:

  • River Network online course on the Clean Water Act.
  • Watch and listen to the Water Quality Standards 101 webinar. This webinar was recorded on September 29, 2009. It was for a group of River Network Partners in the Intermountain West so the examples will all be western. However, the general information about designated uses, water quality criteria and antidegradation will be useful for river advocates around the country. 
  • Watch and listen to the Antidegradation 101/201 webinar. This webinar was recorded on October 27, 2009. Like the Water Quality Standards 101 webinar, it was for a group of River Network Partners in the Intermountain West so the examples will all be western. However, the general information will be useful for river advocates around the country.

 

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News
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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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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