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.

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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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 Eyes on the river, patrolling one last time before #HurricaneFlorence. We looked at construction sites and coal ash dikes. Hope all are ready for potentially record rain. Keep your  out for problems, too! Already choppy out there! Had help with @charmeckschools being out. #StartThemYoung  Early morning meeting @riversidemarinabelmont to get ready for #riversidefest this Saturday! #lakewylie #lkw #catawbariver  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.
 Flew over the basin today to check on poultry CAFO waste, sediment and coal ash ahead of #HurricaneFlorence. Concerning amount of  still uncovered. Beautiful, low (sometimes rainy) clouds, though! Thank you Peter (@viewsfromabove) and @southwings for getting us up! Who knew a 1948 Piper Cub could be a sort of hurricane hunter? Coal ash at Riverbend is almost all cleaned up. Look at the void behind those dikes! Wish this is what Allen (Lake Wylie) and Marshall (Lake Norman) looked like. We're keeping an eye on it all thanks to Capt. Peter and SouthWings!  Bacteria sampling a trib of Four Mile Creek after our sampling revealed very high levels last week. Concerned about a sewer leak after odor and gray milky color were reported. Will follow up with appropriate authorities. #Bacteria #Sampling #WaterQuality #Whirlpack #Boomerang #NailedIt #FirstTry  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.
 Calm and pretty on the River before the storm! Check out our Facebook page for thoughts and tips on #Hurricane #Florence and how to deal with it, especially if you're on the River.  Hope you got to #OptOutside and cool off in clean water this Labor Day! Your Riverkeeper did so in the mountains. The earliest of leaves to change are starting to fall up there!  Linville Falls was packed -- until the sky turned into a waterfall. Then the park was pleasantly quiet. Chestoa Overlook off the Blue Ridge Parkway had a great view of Table Rock, too. These are both in the Catawba River basin! ⛰ #NCMountains #NCWaterfalls #CleanWater #BlueRidgeParkway #LaborDay @blueridgenps  A picture’s worth a thousand words. #summerinterns #awkwardfamilyphotos
 Riverside Fest 2018 is this Saturday from 3-8 PM! Come hang out along the River at Riverside Marina in Belmont! Live music, local beer, food trucks, kayaking, and more! Don’t forget your lawn chairs and picnic blankets. Proceeds benefit the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation. See link in bio for details. #RiversideFest #catawbariver #lakewylie #belmontnc #fundraiser #localbeer #livemusic #foodtrucks #tbt #lowcountryboil #VIP  Long, hot day on Lake Wylie with a 100-degree heat index! We kept an eye on the lake just like this great blue heron at Lake Wylie Marina. #ItAlwaysFeelsLikeSomebodysWatchingMe Well, not quite. We also took some sediment cores to look at offsite sedimentation from mismanaged construction snuffing out streams and coves, degrading #WaterQuality, too... #ProtectWater #CleanWater #LakeWylie #Sampling #Science  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
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