Covekeeper Programs
The Covekeepers, Covewatchers, Waterwatchers, Streamwatchers, and Muddy Water Watchers are the eyes and hands of the Catawba Riverkeeper. It would not be possible to patrol the entire basin and respond to all of the issues and investigate possible violations of the environmental laws without these dedicated volunteers.
Lake Hickory Covekeepers
Welcome to our webpage. Please join us at our monthly meeting, which is held the 3rd Monday of each month at 7:00 pm at Mauney Hall at Lenoir-Rhyne College on 7th Avenue NE.
Mountain Island Lake Covekeepers
Welcome to our web page. We're glad you're here.
Lake Wylie Covekeepers
Please join us at our monthly meeting, which is held the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm.
Lake Wateree Covekeepers
Welcome to our webpage.
Lake Norman Covekeepers
Lake Norman Covekeepers is a grass-roots organization that serves the 4 Counties on Lake Norman.
Lakes of the Catawba
The eleven major lakes of the Catawba and Wateree rivers are born in the highlands of North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains and stretch out for almost 200 miles into the coastal plain of South Carolina. In between they are an unparalleled source of life, growth, energy and recreation. The common thread that ties them together is the Catawba River. This page provides information on the Lakes of the Catawba and contains links to the Covekeeper and other volunteer programs associated with some of the lakes.
Lake James Page
Information, maps and links about Lake James
Lake Rhodhiss Page
Information, maps and links for the second lake in the Catawba system
Lake Hickory Page
Information, maps and links about Lake Hickory
Lookout Shoals Lake Page
Information, maps and links about Lookout Shoals Lake
Lake Norman Page
Information, maps and links about Lake Norman
Mountain Island Lake Page
Information, maps and links for Mountain Island Lake
Lake Wylie Page
Information, maps and links for Lake Wylie
Fishing Creek Lake Page
Information, maps and links for Fishing Creek Lake
Great Falls and Rocky Creek Lakes Page
Information, maps and links to these two small South Carolina lakes
Lake Wateree Page
Information, maps and links for Lake Wateree
2009 Wateree Sampling Annual Report
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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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