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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Oct 13, 2014 Volunteers remove more than 6,500 pounds of trash from Lake Wateree
Organized cleanup a monumental success as 45 volunteers remove 95 bags, 27 tires, and much more
Oct 13, 2014 Lincoln County Big Sweep Best Ever
The NC Big Sweep in Lincoln County on Saturday, October 11, was our most successful NC Big Sweep to date! We had the largest number of boat captains and volunteers participate (80), we were able to clean up more sites than ever before (28), and we removed more trash than at previous events.
Oct 09, 2014 Support Clean Water Campaign
We are tired of hearing politicians and Duke Energy claim that they've solved the coal ash problem or "cleaned up" the coal ash mess. It's not true! This month CRF is starting a new campaign to make sure that the public understands that coal ash and other water problems are still a big threat, and that recent legislation and Duke's "cleanup" efforts have not solved the problems.
Oct 04, 2014 Over 1000 Volunteers Turn Out to Clean Up Lake Wylie
Saturday, October 4, was a beautiful day for volunteers to pick up trash from around Lake Wylie. Over 1,000 people came out to 14 different locations to pick up approximately 29,000 pounds of trash. For the first time, kayaks were used to gather trash in shallow areas that are not easily accessible with a larger boat.
Sep 19, 2014 Tailrace Marina Cleanup
On September 19, at the location of the historic Tuckaseegee Ford of the Catawba River, high school students and the staff of Peter Bell, CPA helped the Catawba Riverkeeper staff pick up trash in kayaks.
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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)

Alliances

The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation is a proud member of EarthShare North Carolina, the North Carolina Conservation Network, River Network and the Waterkeeper Alliance.  

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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