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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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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 A good, bad and ugly patrol on Lake Wylie by boat and foot today. Swipe through these pictures, and then check out the video on our Facebook page. Far too much sediment pollution from poorly managed construction runoff. Also, a very confusing pair of signs in the final picture.  "So, how do you become a Riverkeeper? How does that happen?" #FromBirth #Indoctrination  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)
 The rain broke in just enough places for us to navigate a flyover with @southwings Friday. Sometimes we were sandwiched by the clouds, sometimes we were in them! Ultimately, a unique and gorgeous flight with Andy in his Maule! River shots are over the Hickory and Morganton areas. There is also a shot of the three dams that hold back Lake James, with Linville Gorge in the background. Still, far too many poultry CAFO waste piles that have not been covered through all this heavy rain. That makes for some nasty, polluted runoff. They have been documented and will be reported to authorities.  Today we walked upstream at Duharts Creek to find a potential E. coli source and take some samples. Thanks to the students from South Point High School’s environmental club and their advisor Carrie Bradley for joining us!  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
 A picture’s worth a thousand words. #summerinterns #awkwardfamilyphotos  Riverkeeper Sam Perkins took @cnn's @drsanjaygupta around the Catawba's coal ash sites, both by plane and by boat. Check out the piece with some of the footage! The EPA is already trying to roll back changes to the federal Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) rule, which sets minimum federal standards for monitoring and dealing with coal ash. Minimum federal rules are critical when we've seen states mishandle and stall on this issue. While politics attempt to gag science, coal ash continues to loom unlined and high on the banks of our drinking water reservoirs. And for others, there is concern that direct health impacts are already being felt from coal ash's contamination of air and water. We remain in court (represented by @southernenvironment and with @waterkeeperalliance working to secure common-sense coal ash cleanups at Allen (Lake Wylie) and Marshall (Lake Norman) just as we have at Riverbend (Mountain Island Lake) and Wateree (Wateree River). Thank you @southwings for getting us up in the air! #CleanWater #LKN #LakeNorman #LakeWylie #CoalAsh  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.
 Good girl alert! Millie helped Brandon (Director of Technical Programs) collect water samples on Duharts Creek today. Brandon and Millie were also out on the South Fork today. #goodgirl #dogsofinstagram #doggo #catawbariverkeeper #duhartscreek #southfork #watersampling  It's #NationalTattooDay, and your Catawba Riverkeeper Sam Perkins got the famous @waterkeeperalliance sturgeon tattoo at the conference in Buffalo with a dozen Waterkeeper colleagues from Ireland to California, just as hundreds before them have done! The sturgeon is a tough, ancient creature -- a symbol of perseverance, which is what it takes to work for clean water every day with your generous support. Also, #FunFact: we have sturgeon at the end of the basin in the Wateree River! Do YOU have a water-related tattoo? #Ink #CleanWater #Conservation  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
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