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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 It’s #internationalmountainday! The Catawba River basin begins in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. #mountains #nc #fall #lakejames #shortoffmountain #rivers #CatawbaRiver  Happy birthday, #Charlotte! The #CityOfCreeks is 250 years old today. This photo was taken at an @earthsharenc Corporate Earth Day Challenge cleanup. Volunteers from @tiaa worked together to remove an estimated 375 pounds from #LittleSugarCreek which runs through the heart of the city. #QueenCity #CLT #keepingwatch #CatawbaRiver #greenway #volunteer #volunteersofcrf #CLT250  Did you know you can determine the health of your creek by the macroinvertebrates that live in it? Mosquitoes and leeches, bad . Dragonflies and caddisflies, good ! Check out our blog post by our #Riverkeeper that tells you all about it! Link in bio. #buglife #catawabariver #scienceiscool #catawbariverkeeper
 Lake Wateree #nofilter. Never needs one  #catawbariver #riverkeeper #catawbariverkeeper #lakewateree  Can anybody guess which lake this is? Hint: it's the first lake at the top of our basin. #catawbariver #catawbariverkeeper #riverkeeper #shortoffmountain #nc #mountains  #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
 Will we see snow this weekend? How much? If/when it snows, tag us in your pics by the water. This week’s #tbt photo is a snow covered #LakeWylie in 2003. : John Killian #ncwx #scwx #snow  Visiting our kayak fleet one last time before winter. They've had a fun year with the CREEK program, summer evening paddles, kayak cleanups, and member paddles. We can't wait to see what next year brings! Until then, #tailracemarina keeps them safe and sound for us at no cost. We love them! #communityfriends #Riverkeeper #catawbariverkeeper #catawbariver  Hwy 5 Bridge #CatawbaRiver
 East side access point at Landsford Canal State Park #catawbariver  Gorgeous fall foliage on #lakenorman.  #catawbariver #riverkeeper #lakenormanstatepark #catawbariverkeeper  Fall at Landsford Canal State Park #CatawbaRiver
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