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

 Flip through our pics from another great flyover with @southwings to monitor and document pollution. Violations have been reported. Got some pretty pictures also! @hawriverassembly Riverkeeper Emily Sutton joined us; thank you Capt. Peter, too! You can follow his IG @viewsfromabove Photo 1: On the ground Photo 2: Oxford (Lake Hickory) dam Photo 3: Uncovered poultry CAFO waste Photo 4: Riverbend coal ash cleanup (Mountain Island Lake) Photo 5: Sediment runoff from construction Photo 6: Uncovered poultry CAFO waste Photo 7: In the air! Photo 8: Uncovered poultry CAFO waste Photo 9: Lake Norman looking like a sea! #LKN Photo 10: Riverbend coal ash cleanup (Mountain Island Lake)  We’re having a blast Thursday evenings this summer! Check out these pics from last week at #landsfordcanalstatepark. See link in bio to sign up. Space is limited. Special thanks to @jmarionsimsfoundation and Moore & Van Allen for making the Summer Paddle Series possible.  Amazing @waterkeeperalliance conference this year! The Waterkeeper movement is larger than ever -- 340 organizations from 40 nations and six continents. Riverkeeper Sam Perkins got the famous sturgeon tattoo with 11 others, too! There is no other place where you can sit down and discuss substantive water protection strategies with someone from Uganda, China, Ireland, Mexico and more all at once. Proud to work with these hundreds of people dedicating their life and work to clean water! Group photo credit to the unparalleled John Wathen. Thank you @bnwaterkeeper for being amazing hosts! #CleanWater #Conservation #Tattoo #Ink #WKAC18
 SummerSHARE is officially here! These marine locks may not look exciting, but for the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, they mean the kayaks and life jackets we use for the CREEK program stay safe while we're not using them! #ShopForGood and help us get the items we need most this summer. #summershareCLT  Introducing our new event series for the Young Allies of the River, From Here to Beer! YAR will explore local waterways on the way to a local watering hole. JULY 10 AT 6:30 PM will kick off the series as we explore Irwin Creek and Stewart Creek greenways on the way to @blueblazebrewing. Bring your best set of wheels to bike, blade, scoot, or jog to the brewery. We can’t wait to see you there! #YARReadyForThis #greenway #clt #charlotte #irwincreek #catawbariver #youngalliesoftheriver #beer #localbeer #craftbeer  It’s #worldenvironmentday! This year’s theme is beating plastic pollution. Our volunteers help keep plastic out of our lakes, rivers and streams by participating in cleanups and riversweeps. These plastic bottles were taken out of Fishing Creek Lake. Last year, volunteers throughout the Catawba-Wateree River Basin removed more than 73,000 pounds of trash! #beatplasticpollution #FishingCreek #CatawbaRiver #globalearthday
 #summerSHARECLT is almost here! From July 16-22 you can #ShopForGood and have the items that CRF needs most shipped directly to our doorstep by shopping the Give Shop® or our Amazon Wish List. Stay tuned!  A for effort #NationalSelfieDay #tbt #LakeWylie #CatawbaRiver #beaglesofinstagram  Lakes throughout the basin are around full pond (100') as water from days of heavy rains continue to move down through the system. This screenshot is from our Catawba Water Watcher app. 🤳 Download (free for iPhone and Android) to keep an eye on lake levels and more! Be safe, and watch out for large debris, hidden dangers and swift flow if on the water this weekend.  AND use the Trash Logger tool to let us know where this high water has deposited trash so we can get it at our next cleanup! ♼
 Cheers to another successful cleanup with @oldemeckbrew! Together we collected 1,750 pounds of trash from Mountain Island Lake. Thanks again to everyone who came to help out! #mountainislandlake #catawbariver #catawbariverkeeper #oldemeckbrew #goodbeerneedsgoodwater #localbeerstartshere  Great first day for our CREEK program with @mookiesplace ! Special thanks to @jmarionsimsfoundation for making it possible!  Come kayak with us! Thursday evening paddles start this Thursday at 6:30 PM at #LandsfordCanalStatePark. BYO kayak/canoe or borrow one from us on a first come, first served basis. You must sign up in advance to reserve a kayak. Registration is now open at: (link in bio). Big thanks to @jmarionsimsfoundation and Moore & Van Allen for making the Summer Paddle Series possible. #kayaking #CatawbaRiver #optoutside #rivergram
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