Protection • Advocacy • Education

Clean, plentiful, affordable water now and for generations to come.

Our Mission

We educate and advocate to protect the Catawba-Wateree River Basin’s lakes, rivers and streams for everyone who depends on and enjoys them.

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How You Can Help Preserve the River


Help us protect the Catawba-Wateree River by volunteering for our special events such as river cleanups, Eco-Tours and more!


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Our online Advocacy Guide can help you spread the word, take positive action steps to protect our river and stay up-to-date on the latest news.


We offer several events throughout the year where you can have a great time while connecting with others who are passionate about the environment.

"Great team of people who love the Catawba-Wateree River and work hard to protect it."

- Gary Faulkenberry

"I've seen first hand what a great job these folks do to help keep our source of drinking water cleaner! thank you all!!"

- Kirsten Parrish

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 Yesterday and Wednesday, @famoustoasterybelmont raised $1414 for Catawba Riverkeeper during their soft opening. They also fed us, and the food was so yummy! They are officially open today in #BelmontNC, so go and enjoy! Thank you to Famous Toastery of Belmont, the generous patrons who donated, and our volunteers who helped spread the word about CRF. @belmontncliving #breakfastallday #communitysupport #CatawbaRiver #catawbariverkeeper #VOLUNTEERSOFCRF #crfvolunteers #belmontnc  Patrolled Lake Wylie this afternoon. Maybe aviators and a stache will intimidate polluters to clean up their act? Worth a shot. But after checking out some areas where we had received reports of concern, all looked pretty good and still pretty clean from the recent 29,000-lb cleanup haul during Riversweep on 10/7! Watch out for debris on the water washed in from recent rain. #CleanWater #FallLeaves  We had a blast at the Fall Leaf Eco-Tour on Saturday! Thank you to everyone who paddled and hiked with us.
 Our November YAR* event is coming up soon. We're going to mark storm drains (and maybe clear them, if necessary), and then stroll over to @residentculture for a beer...or two. Not a bad way yo spend a Sunday! Let us know if you're interested by emailing Hillary at or just leave a comment below. We hope to see you there! *YAR or Young Allies of the River is the social/service group for friends in their 20s and 30s. #YARreadyforthis #stormwater #catawbariverkeeper #goodbeerneedscleanwater  Join us for our November YAR* event. We're headed out to #PlazaMidwood to mark storm drains on Sunday, November 19 at 2pm. Once we've done our good deed for the day, we'll walk over to @residentculture for a much deserved drink  *YAR or Young Allies of the River is our social/service group for people in their 20s and 30s  #YARreadyforthis #catawbariverkeeper #CLT @stormwatercm  Checked up on Allen's coal ash yesterday. Looked at areas that would be inundated after we got maps released. Lake Wylie looking good otherwise. Let's keep it that way and remove that ash piled almost 100 feet high on the waterfront!
 #vote #electionday #cleanwater  Flew over where yesterday's [yet unconfirmed] tornado destroyed a hangar and tossed planes at the Hickory Regional Airport. Taken during out flyover patrol for pollution this morning with @southwings. Very humbling, amazing to see from the air. A hangar demolished. Feel free to use, @wsoctv @wbtv_news @wcnctv @wccbcharlotte @fox46charlotte @charlotteobserver @oldehickorybrewery Credit: Catawba Riverkeeper & SouthWings  Actually, the issue is that the waste DOES discharge (see bottom left panel). We were up late last night giving comments at the poultry CAFO waste regulations hearing in Hickory, the epicenter of the most poultry waste -- and most phosphorous & bacteria issues (coincidence?!) -- in the Carolinas. @waterkeeperalliance attorney Will Hendrick joined and spoke. We appreciated the opportunity to speak with regulators and citizens afterward. The waste handling regulations are up for public comment for the first time since 2005. You can and should comment by 11/22! Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) generate too much waste in too small a space with too few regulations -- much less than even hog and dairy operations. We now have more poultry waste in NC than hog & dairy waste combined. Learn more and comment at
 Attended the Catawba-Wateree Relicensing Coalition stakeholder conference on Lake James yesterday to hear about the [almost] new FERC license that allows Duke to manage the Catawba River (Duke is still appealing trying to get a 50-year rather than the approved 40-year license). Got a neat tour of the new Bridgewater hydro station, too, right as they started generating. The powerful jet of water you see is called the ringjet and is a bypass. Water generating electricity through the hydro units is coming up from underneath in this forebay.  Hi all! When you get home tonight, take a look at the storm drains on your street. After a storm like Charlotte had yesterday, they can get clogged. Take a minute to remove the debris (and in some cases litter too) from your storm drain so it's ready for the next rain. Thanks for keeping it clear! #stormwater #floodsafety #waterquality #catawbariverkeeper #CatawbaRiver #streamhealth  We hope you’ll join us for the Fall Leaf Eco-Tour on Saturday. Paddle, BBQ lunch, and hike to Catawba Falls. Find the details on our website. See link in bio.
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