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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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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 Want to know more about the coal ash situation in our watershed? Come out to the Charles Mack Event Center in Mooresville on Tuesday, February 26 at 6 PM to hear an overview by the experts at the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation. Executive Director Emilee Syrewicze will summarize the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation's work on coal ash, laying out a timeline of CRF's litigation, legislation, and federal regulations. Riverkeeper Brandon Jones will give a technical overview of how coal ash threatens water quality. He'll explain the risks of the "cap in place" closure method and the virtues of full excavation. Stay informed on decisions that impact you. Join us for Coal Ash 101. The deadline for you to submit comments to NCDEQ regarding coal ash cleanup is TODAY! Send your comments to (LKN) and #coalash #catawbariver #lakenorman #lkn #lakewylie #lkw #cleanwater  Enjoy the beautifully warm weather in February and get out on a greenway! Little Sugar Creek Greenway in #CLT highlights the beauty of the creeks and streams in Charlotte. Show us a greenway and/or creek in your area by tagging us on your walk! #tributarylove #catawbariverkeeper #riverkeeper #greenway #naturewalk  Yesterday, CRF Executive Director Emilee Syrewicze had the awesome opportunity to take part in EarthShare NC’s Equity Leadership Summit. Diversity is an essential part of organizational leadership and @catawbariverkeeper is committed to that goal.
 Have you heard the news? Catawba Riverkeeper is beginning the search for a new Executive Director. In mid-April, current ED Emilee Syrewicze will be moving back to her home state of Michigan to serve as the Executive Director of Opera Grand Rapids. Until then, Em will be working with the staff and Board to ensure a smooth transition. While we’re sad to see Em go, we wish her the best in this next chapter of her career. If you’re interested in joining the CRF team, check out the job posting on our website. Link in bio.  #bestinternshipEVER! You follow us on Instagram. You know how awesome we are. Come intern for us this summer, or tell a friend who you know would fit with our super hip vibes!  #crfinterships2019 #CatawbaRiver #catawbariverkeeper #summer2019 #waterworks #riverkeeper Pictured: summer 2018 interns Emma and Amanda and staff member, Hillary  The cold couldn’t stop 9th graders from @providencedayschool from a day of learning by the Catawba River. Riverkeeper Brandon Jones met the students at Iswa Nature Preserve yesterday. They learned about sources of pollution, how to measure pollution, and how individuals can improve our environment through civic engagement. The students also tested the water for bacteria. The results are in and there were zero colonies per 100 milliliters! #science #STEM #environmentaleducation #CatawbaRiver
 Oh hey Lake Rhodhiss. Looking good! But you could use a good cleaning. We're having a cleanup on the shores of #LakeRhodhiss this fall. Who's with us?!? ‍♀️‍♂️‍♀️‍♂️ #riversweep #catawbariver #Riverkeeper #catawbariverkeeper #volunteersofcrf #volunteering  Tonight's the night. Come out to the Allen Coal Ash Meeting hosted by @ncdeq at Stuart Cramer High School at 6pm. We'll be there advocating for clean water. #catawbariver #cleanwaterforall #lakewylie #catawbariverkeeper #coalash #Riverkeeper  Last night, over 500 concerned citizens showed up to the DEQ information session to voice their belief that the polluting ash by Lake Norman should be excavated. In an unexpected, but welcome, change of format DEQ agreed to answer questions from the audience. Dozens of people stepped up to the microphone with questions and comments. Sheila Holman, Assistant Secretary for the Environment, responded for the state. Representatives John Fraley (NC House) and Vickie Sawyer (NC Senate) also spoke. DEQ put themselves in a tough spot at this meeting. As required by state law Duke submitted closure options to DEQ, these were made public at the end of the last year. DEQ has the discretion to choose how the sites are closed, but thus far has not completed their own analysis. Whenever asked about specifics they could only respond with "we're looking into it" or "we don't know yet." It's strange and a little unsettling to see the DEQ present Duke's proposals to clean up their pollution without analyzing the accuracy or legality of those proposals. We cannot thank everyone who came out last night enough. If you want to help and haven't already please email a comment and sign the petition. The Lake Wylie hearing is on January 29th. See you there! #coalash #lkn #lakenorman #catawbariver Thanks to @viewsfromabove for photos 2 and 3. Taken 12/29/18.
 Registration for summer 2019 CREEK program is open. Let us know if you have a group or know of a group of kids who want to do some paddling this summer and/or receive a lesson on water quality and conservation. Fun stuff!!  #catawbariver #kayaking #watereducation #lakewylie #catawbariverkeeper #landsfordcanalstatepark #riverkeeper #summerprogram  Here’s a teaser for the Polar Plunge. More pics and video to come. Big thanks to all of our plungers and donors. We met our goal of sponsoring a Swim Guide site for the summer! #polarplunge #YARreadyforthis #CatawbaRiver #FUNdraiser  The NC DEQ information session is TONIGHT! This is not a drill. NC DEQ will be deciding the fate of the Marshall Steam Station's closure and coal ash on the banks of Lake Norman. Scroll through for meeting details. #coalash
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