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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 Happy Earth Day! Tell us below what you pledge to do to conserve water moving forward. #riverkeeper #catawbariver #kingsbranchcreek #waterforall #conservation #earthday2019  Good morning from Congaree National Park!  Last month at the Lake Norman/Mountain Island Lake Covekeepers Meeting, Riverkeeper Brandon Jones gave a #coalash update and taught volunteers how to collect and test water samples for bacteria. - - The next meeting is Thursday, March 28 at 6:30 PM at Rock Springs Nature Preserve. Sylvia Holmes, a CRF member who was instrumental in the development of this natural park will guide the group. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes for the tour. All are welcome! #volunteer #nature
 Not much better than an evening paddle.  In beautiful Marion, NC today meeting with volunteers and other concerned entities about the trash in Lake James. How can we clean it up, and what steps can we take to prevent it? Keep McDowell County Beautiful is having a cleanup on #lakejames on May 4. Details for the event will be on our website next week. Email Hillary to learn how to get involved - #marionNC #riverkeeper #catawbariver #littersucks #cleanitup #volunteersofcrf #volunteering #keepitbeautiful  LAKE HICKORY we have two big events coming up in your area: March 20, Water Watcher Training with the Riverkeeper April 27, Lake Hickory Riversweep with two sites on the lake this year! It's going to be busy. It's going to be fun! We hope to see you there. Details at, or email Hillary, our Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator - #lakehickory #catawbariver #riversweep #waterwatcher #catawbariverkeeper #crfvolunteers #riverkeeper #cleanwater
 Today we bid farewell to Emilee Syrewicze. Em served as the Executive Director of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation for four years. We’re incredibly grateful for her dedication to making our waterways healthier. She’s moving back to her home state of Michigan to become the Executive Director of @operagrandrapids. While we’re sad to see her go, we wish her the best in this next chapter of her career.  Awesome day with @baseball4lifenc cleaning up Little Sugar Creek! We're making it an annual thing #cleanwater #Riverkeeper #baseball4life #catawbariverkeeper #creekcleanup #CLT  This could be you. Join Riverkeeper Brandon Jones and CRF members for a paddle at Congaree National Park Saturday, March 30. See for details. #paddle #congareenationalpark #congareenationalswamp #canoe #kayak
 In case you missed it - Your voices were heard! NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is requiring the remaining coal ash sites in North Carolina to be fully excavated. For the #Catawba River basin, that is Allen on Lake Wylie and Marshall on Lake Norman. Thank you to everyone who has supported this effort throughout the years! We are extremely happy that this threat is being removed from the shores of the Catawba River. Photo is from the NC DEQ Marshall Steam Station Public Comment Session. #riverkeeper #catawabariver #waterquality #catawbariverkeeper #community  Hanging with our friends from @cleanairnc. It's always great to check in with other nonprofits working to keep the environment healthy! #cleanwater #cleanair #riversweep #cleanaircarolina #catawbariverkeeper #environment  #greatblueheron #nature #wildlife #catawbariver #fishfridays
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