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

 Great walk along the 200-year-old canal system to see the spider lilies. Unfortunately, water was too high this year for our paddle, but we had a great walk to the lookout! Plus, the lilies have yet to peak bloom, so you still have time to visit! Shame on you if you haven't been!! Visit this park! #history #nature  Great day on Lake Hickory! The water was high, but the volunteers worked extremely hard to cleanup the shoreline not under water. We could not make the impact we do without the generous time our volunteers put into these cleanups. Thank you to everyone who came out today! Also, we want to thank @republic_services for donating the dumpster for the cleanup, and @alexandercounty for waiving the tonnage. The supplies were donated by #CatawbaCountyDOT. It truly is a community effort! Want to get involved next year? The Lake Hickory Riversweep is becoming an annual event - every fourth Saturday in April. Mark your calendar for next year! #volunteersofcrf #LakeHickory #HickoryNC @ncdotcom @catawbacounty #catawbariver #catawbariverkeeper  Hanging out with the Rotaracts at #TailraceMarina for a kayak cleanup this morning! #mountainislandlake #catawbariver #catawbariverkeeper
 We had an amazing time on the insect tour at #cowansfordwildliferefuge! We found grasshoppers, praying mantices, dragonflies and more. We found a rare moth for our county and had fun identifying the species of insects. We could NOT stop taking photos of the sunset. It was a gorgeous evening in a peaceful nature preserve. We want to thank our #LakeNormanCovekeepers for arranging the tour and, of course Lenny from #mecklenburgcountydepartmentofnaturalresources for being an incredible guide!! *no insects were hurt during this event, and all were released back into the wild...except the praying mantis that was eaten by a spider* #cowansford #bugginout #catawbariverkeeper #catawbariverkeeperfoundation  We sampled from dawn to dusk today, including for bacteria from the 15.4 million gal sewer spill, as well as bacteria from industrial agriculture. Check out our Facebook page for more updates!  Take the Earth Pledge challenge until April 22. Check out our story to hear tips from Hillary and Sterling on how to complete the "conserve water in everyday activities" pledge. Tag us with #earthpledgecrf with ways you conserve water in your everyday activities. Pledge today and challenge a friend! You can pledge at - link in our bio.
 Good afternoon from Lake Wylie! #lakewylie #catawbariver  Yes, water CAN be clear and gorgeous after rain and runoff, as we saw sampling yesterday from 4:30 AM to 2:30 PM to document runoff from heavy rain and storms late Sunday. You just can't be disturbing land or at least not letting disturbed land or waste run off! This is the Jacob Fork River at South Mountains State Park. But it might as well be Alaska wilderness! #CleanWater #LookAtThatWater! #UpEarly #Sampling #Science #Bacteria @waterkeeperalliance  Monday, it's probably water samples. Fridays... it's a toss up given the great local #CraftBeer we have. We sampled today (nutrients, metals, bacteria) and sample rain or shine because when it rains, it runs off! #NCBeer #CLTBeer #SCBeer #DrinkLocal #Bacteria #Sampling #CleanWater #WaterQuality @jefffoxworthyofficial #JeffFoxworthy @waterkeeperalliance
 Bacteria tests show where Long Creek enters Lake Wylie near the @usnwc down to the 74 bridge now have safe levels of bacteria for swimming and general contact. Just in time for a warm end of the week when people will want to be on the water! Sewer overflows -- even 15.4 million gallons -- take time to clear but with sunny, dry weather always will. Big thank you to @stormwatercm for your diligent monitoring! #Bacteria #Belmont @wsoctv @wbtv_news @wcnctv @wccbcharlotte @wfaepublicradio @fox46charlotte @charlotteobserver @wbtradio @thegastongazette  Tune in to 90.7 at 9 AM! We're on @wfaepublicradio to discuss trash, recycling and cleanups! All the great work our volunteers make possible! #NPR #CleanWater  Just as important as sampling the river and its lakes themselves, we are really getting out as it warms up to test the creeks that feed them. Gathering a lot of data, including bacteria levels, which become a significant concern because not only do they increase with the temperature outside, the number of people getting out and expised to the water also increases. Thank you for your support, which makes work like this possible! Labs do not run certified samples for free. Consider making a donation today! #Bacteria #CleanWater #Sampling #Water #Conservation
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