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.

  • There is Something We Would Like to Clear UpUnderstand 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.


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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)


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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