What You Can Do To Help?
Protecting the water in the Catawba-Wateree basin will not happen without citizen participation. The following is a partial list of ways in which ordinary people can help protect the water in the basin.
Understand the issues. Get educated about issues affecting the Catawba and Wateree Rivers.
- Understand that individual actions matter.
- Fertilize less.
- Use less water.
- Use less electricity (each kilowatt hour of electricity requires 25 gallons of water to generate)
- Reduce impervious area (for example, instead of a concrete walkway, use gravel or pavers in sand).
- Landscape with native plants that need less water.
- Install rain barrels and use water from rain barrels for outdoor watering.
- Create rain gardens to catch storm water. For more information about rain gardens, click here.
- Maintain natural areas as buffer zones around all creeks, lakes and other water bodies.
- Report violations of environmental laws to the appropriate officials and/or the Riverkeeper.
- Insist that public officials protect the River.
- Support the Clean Water Restoration Act. (click here for Amended Bill Language)
- Join CRF or support CRF financially (click here to join CRF or make a contribution).
- Donate an old boat, office equipment or other item (click here for more information on donating a boat or other items).
- Volunteer to help the Catawba Riverkeeper protect, educate and advocate (for more information about volunteer programs click here)
- Become a Covekeeper, Covewatcher, Islandkeeper, Creekkeeper, or Waterwatcher (for more information about these programs click here).
- Participate in the Muddy Water Watch program (for more information about the Muddy Water Watch program click here).
- Join the Catawba Riverkeeper speaker bureau.
- Participate in stream, river and lake cleanup days.
- Volunteer other skills.