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

@catawbariverkeeper #rivergram

 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.  It was the weekend of Riversweeps! Mountain Island Lake Riversweep brought 61 volunteers together to pick up an estimated 3,615 pounds of trash! All-in-all this weekend we had 715 volunteers collect 32,815 pounds (16.4075 tons) of trash from the Catawba River and its shorelines. What an amazing accomplishment!! Thank you to all the #VOLUNTEERSOFCRF for your hard work this weekend! #CatawbaRiver #mountainislandlake #lakewylie #riversweep #catawbariverkeeper #catawbariverkeeperfoundation #CRFvolunteers #volunteers  GIVEAWAY: We have two tickets for one lucky winner for the Jack Johnson Concert next Thursday, September 28 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte. To ENTER: 1) Like this post 2) Tag a friend with your favorite Jack Johnson song! It’s just that easy  The winner will be announced on our instagram account this Friday, September 22
 What a beautiful day for a hike at Latta Plantation Nature Preserve! #YoungAlliesoftheRiver  The 15th Annual Lake Wylie Riversweep is a wrap! We're still collecting trash totals from the lake's dozen sites, but thank you to the hundreds of volunteers who endured the rain to again remove tens of thousands of pounds of trash from the river! You can even see that with a trashed broom, "Riversweep" got literal!  Great flyover today with @southwings to look at poultry CAFO waste [aka chicken poop] mismanagement, coal ash pond cleanup and sediment runoff. The basin is getting dry, but water quality generally looks good from 1,000 feet. Thanks to Capt. Frank and his fun Lake 250 amphibious plane!
 Help at our kayak storage after paddling around the river yesterday. One key reason we do what we do -- future generations. #CleanWater  We had an incredible time talking to fans, Jack Johnson, and Zach Gill at the concert yesterday. We received even more donations for the @allatonce_org match! There's still time to donate for a matching donation from #AllatOnce by visiting our donation page and checking the "All at Once match" box. Thank you to Jack Johnson and his team for the opportunity to be a part of a fantastic event! #JackJohnsonFallTour2017 #AAOplasticfree #catawbariverkeeper #catawbariverkeeperfoundation  It's a beautiful day at Lake James! #RiverFest #kayaking #CatawbaRiver
 UPDATE: Listen to the Riverkeeper’s conversation with host Mike Collins. Link in bio. @wfaepublicradio  Patrolling is always more fun when you're with your best friend. #tbt #lakewylie #CatawbaRiver #riverkeeperlife #beaglesofinstagram #riverbeagle  All ready for RiverFest at Lake James State Park! Come see us tomorrow! #LakeJames #CatawbaRiver #kayaking
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