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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What We Do

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!


Become a member of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation and help us ensure clean water for generations to come.

Spread the Word

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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 #GivingTuesdayCLT is here! Make your donation now through #GivingTuesday (Nov. 27)! Donations support Catawba Riverkeeper’s education, advocacy, and protection programs like the CREEK program. For just $25, you can give a kid the opportunity to learn about their watershed while kayaking on the Catawba River! See link in bio. #whatsyourgift #givegoodclt #catawbariver  We had a wonderful hike along the shoreline of #lakenorman with some of our members today. It was a beautiful day at #lakenormanstatepark for a walk and a picnic! Members - look out for more member events in 2019 on our website and in the upcoming CRF print newsletter. #riverkeeper #catawbariver #catawbariverkeeper  Gorgeous view #LinvilleGorge #LakeJames #NCmountains #catawbariverbasin #river
 Hwy 5 Bridge #CatawbaRiver  Great flyover yesterday with @southwings! Flip through our photos of the basin. Documented and reported a lot of violations. Remember, those poultry CAFO waste piles should be covered!  1. Catawba River dam on Lake James 2. Poultry CAFO & waste pile 3. Riverkeeper Sam Perkins, Pilot Peter (@viewsfromabove) and @waterkeeperalliance Advocacy Writer Ellen Simon 4. Coal ash cleanup at Riverbend 5. Poultry CAFO & waste near Lake Hickory, with kayakers visible on the creek! 6. Linville Gorge 7. Poultry CAFO & waste by pond 8. Large development doing a good job with sediment/erosion control 9. VERY large, uncovered poultry CAFO waste pile 10. Poultry CAFO & three waste piles… and an iPhone ad  What a morning! A big thanks to @sentryone__ employees for taking your Friday morning to make a positive impact on our urban waterways! The section of #IrwinCreek that runs through #clantonpark is exponentially cleaner because of the efforts of these 7 volunteers. Happy Friday everyone! #volunteersofcrf #catawbariverkeeper #riverkeeper #catawbariver
 Fall at Landsford Canal State Park #CatawbaRiver  Last night we celebrated our amazing volunteers at our annual Thanks-for-giving event. We appreciate everyone who has volunteered to help improve our rivers, lakes and streams. The Lake Wateree Riversweep Planning Committee earned the Alice Battle Volunteer of the Year Award. Jessie Laney (YAR Member) was presented with the Outstanding New Volunteer of the Year award. Our Community Partner of the Year award went to @triplecbrewing! Find out how you can get involved at #volunteersofcrf #volunteer #thankyou  Is it wrong to wonder whether your jacket & glove colors combination will work? Nah, EVERY detail is important! Sampled around Lake Norman for metals this morning. Pollution doesn't take the weekends off. If I can get some gold accent, the theme would work great for Mardi Gras! #Science #Fashion #Sampling #Werk #WorkingForTheWeekend #CleanWater #CoalAsh
 We marked 23 storm drains today in the Seversville neighborhood in #Charlotte. Remember, whatever gets into the storm drains flows to the creeks and streams unfiltered. Please don't dump any leaves, trash, paint, or other chemicals down your storm drain, and if you need to report an issue call 311. Thanks to the volunteers who helped mark storm drains today and @stormwatercm for the supplies! #YAR #YARreadyforthis #catawbariverkeeper #riverkeeper #whenitrainsitrunsoff  #vote  Hey YAR members - it's time to hit the pumpkin patch (or your local grocery store) and pick out your pumpkin for Thursday's pumpkin carving/painting event at @pilotbrewing with our special guest @crowntowncompost. If you have always wanted to #compost, but thought it was impossible in an urban setting, you thought wrong. Crown Town Compost will tell you how and what to compost and, if you sign up with them, they'll take your compost (starting with your #pumpkin guts) and put it to good use in #CLT! #riverkeeper #catawbariver #catawbariverkeeper #yarreadyforthis
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