Report Pollution

Help be the eyes and ears of the Catawba RIVERKEEPER® staff by reporting

  • Sewage overflows
  • Discharges exceeding allowable limits
  • Unpermitted discharges
  • Failure to adequately control sediment from construction sites
  • Illegal clearing of buffer areas (most of the Catawba River has at least a 50 foot buffer requirement)
  • Fish kills (more than one or two fish)
  • Invasive aquatic species
  • Other events negatively impacting the waters of the Catawba basin

Please fill out all applicable sections of the following form and click the "submit" button. If you have digital photos of the event, please attach them to the complaint form or email them to

In addition, we encourage you to report problems directly to local, state and federal environmental officials.  Catawba Riverkeeper is NOT a government agency and we do not have the same powers to enter private property and order pollution abatement measures as government enforcement agencies. 

  • To report South Carolina spills or fish kills call 1-888-481-0125.
  • To report North Carolins spills or fish kills,

    • call your local regional office during normal business hours
      • Call 704-663-1699 for most Catawba basin areas or
      • Call 828-296-4500 for Burke, Caldwell, McDowell and other mountain counties) or 
    • Call 800-858-0368 after hours. 
    • For more information on NC spill reporting, click here.
  • In addition, you should report spills and releases to federal authorities (EPA and Coast Guard) at 1-800-424-8802

For, more information about reporting problems to State and U.S. EPA officials, click here.

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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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