Help Us Protect the River

Please support Catawba Riverkeeper's efforts to protect the Catawba-Wateree River by making a monetary contribution, becoming a member and/or volunteering to help.

Why Support Catawba Riverkeeper?

Since 1998, the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation had advocated for the health, protection and enjoyment of the Catawba River watershed.  Throughout the 24 counties of the Catawba-Wateree River watershed in North and South Carolina the Catawba Riverkeeper works with a support team of volunteers that maintain the river through strong advocacy, public education, building partnerships, investigating violators, holding polluters accountable, and participating in legal action when necessary.  The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation is there 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure that no citizen’s right to clean water is taken away. 

As an award winning 501(c)(3) non-profit, the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation strives to be a good steward of the resources our donors invest in our mission, ensuring that intentions are honored and resources are used wisely. Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation meets the Better Business Bureau Standards for Charitable Accountability, which means that it belongs to a select group of non-profit organizations that have demonstrated their commitment to strong governance, financial transparency, and ethical fundraising.  As a majority of our patrolling and local calls are handled by volunteers, much of the donated dollar goes directly to our programs.

As the Catawba-Wateree watershed continues to experience unprecedented growth, the need for advocacy, education, and protection of our water source heightens.  Over 1.7 million people rely on the Catawba River for the water that flows through their homes and businesses every day.  Your generous donations provide us with the extra support that we need to make a lasting difference in the future of the river. 

So as you turn on your faucet – whether you are a lakefront resident or reside in the city – know that you are standing on the banks of the Catawba.  The right to clean water should matter to everyone, and the Catawba Riverkeeper promises to speak for that right for all its fellow citizens.  We’ve shown persistence.  We’ve shown dedication.  And we’ve succeeded in making change.  Let us represent your concerns about access to plentiful, clean drinking water, safe recreation opportunities, and protecting wildlife.  Help us, help the river.  Make a donation today!

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During historic drought ... stopping Wal-Mart from illegally storing herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers in parking lots where rainwater washed pollutants that cause birth defects and other reproductive harm into public drinking water supplies of the Catawba River … leading eleven counties, eight cities, three Marine Commissions, and the South Carolina General Assembly as they took action to oppose the largest inter basin transfer request in the history of North and South Carolina, the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation has been your voice for the protection of our river.  Whenever your right to clean water is compromised, you know you can count on us to be there.

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Nov 17, 2015 Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation Launches Partnership with South Carolina 4-H and 4-H Science on the Move
New partnership aims to develop robust water education program highlighting the Catawba-Wateree River Basin.
Nov 16, 2015 UNCC Students Collect Over 200 Pounds of Trash
Student volunteers clean-up coves near Riverbend Access on Mountain Island Lake.
Nov 11, 2015 York County Planning Commission considering a way to limit development around Lake Wylie and its watershed
The planning commission reviewed the proposed Lake Wylie Watershed Overlay map as a means of limiting development near the Lake.
Oct 20, 2015 Violations of Standards? Change the Standards!
Bill 765 eyes changing groundwater standards for metals associated with coal ash after hundreds of violations around Duke Energy coal ash sites
Oct 19, 2015 VETO Bill 765
Worst environmental rollback bill in years is on Gov. McCrory's desk and will become law without his veto
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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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Report Pollution!

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 
  • Invasive aquatic species
  • Exceeding Pollution Limits
  • Discharges exceeding allowable limits
  • Unpermitted discharges
  • Other issues that concern you

Click here to fill out a pollution report or

Call 1-888-679-9494 or 704-679-9494 (ext. 3)


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421 Minuet Ln Ste 205 . Charlotte, NC 28217-2784 . Phone: 704.679.9494 . Fax: 704.679.9559