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

 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  I spy with my little eye... some beautiful water, uncovered poultry waste, the last of Riverbend's coal ash cleanup, and another great flyover with @southwings, this time with Capt. Hap's Cessna 182! Pollution will be reported to proper authorities. Those lake shots are of Norman and Hickory. #photography #conservation #protection #action #BirdsEyeView #CleanWater #CoalAsh
 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  Great day presenting at the NC Southern Piedmont Envirothon! #education #environmentaleducation #envirothon #STEM
 Hanging out with the Rotaracts at #TailraceMarina for a kayak cleanup this morning! #mountainislandlake #catawbariver #catawbariverkeeper  Been sampling a LOT this week throughout the basin. From bacteria to industrial chemicals, from raw creek/river/lake water to treated tap water, from North to South Carolina: this is the work your membership and donations support! Glad weather is increasingly complying. #OptOutside and enjoy the water! #CleanWater #NCWX #SCWX #CLTWX  We had so much fun cleaning up #LittleSugarCreek with the #baseballforlife kids and mentors! They worked hard and I heard something about a trip to Bojangels afterward. Yum! Thanks to @stormwatercm for outfitting us with supplies. We put them to good use! #volunteersofcrf #betterwaterquality #catawbacreeks #catawbariverkeeper #catawbariverkeeperfoundation
 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.  #earthpledgecrf has begun! Follow the link in our bio and challenge yourself to conserve water for the month of April. We have nine pledge options, you can choose to do one, two, three...nine pledges that are as easy as tell a friend about CRF who doesn't already know about us, to a more challenging pledge option of clean up a storm drain in your neighboorhood. Challenge yourself! See how many you can do. The pledge ends on April 22 - Earth Day!  Tag us on social media and show us how you're completing your pledge. Also, visit the website later and see how many others have taken the pledge.  Need #MarchMadness beverages? Swing by @triplecbrewing for some Hazy River -- a citrusy, creamy New England IPA -- and support our #CleanWater work in the process! $1 from every can/pint supports our full-time staff's monitoring, sampling, advocacy, education, cleanups and more! #NCBeer #CLTBeer #DrinkLocal
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