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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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!


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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

@catawbariverkeeper #rivergram

 Join us for a FREE film screening at The Barrel Room @triplecbrewing next Tuesday, October 23 at 6:30 PM. The film tells the story of how a group of citizens in WV took on the powerful corporation DuPont, after they discover it has knowingly been dumping a toxic chemical - now found in the blood of 99.7% of Americans - into the drinking water supply. Panelists include Riverkeeper Sam Perkins, Derb Carter @southernenvironment, and Ansje Miller @ceh4health. @bleubarnbistro will be on site for dinner and Triple C will be serving beer, wine and cider. Presented by: @workingfilms @ncconservationnetwork @capefearriverwatch Co-sponsored by: @cleanairnc and @sierraclub Central Piedmont Group #filmscreening #environment #genx #water #documentary  We’re looking back at some videos photos of the Young Allies of the River (YAR) from the past year. YAR is a social/service group of people in their 20s and 30s who support the mission of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation. The monthly social/recreational/educational/service events are FREE for YAR members. YAR membership is $5/month ($10/month for households). Next event - 10/18 Pumpkin Carving at @pilotbrewing with special guest @crowntowncompost who will collect the pumpkin guts and teach the group about composting. For more info, see link in bio. #tbt #YARreadyforthis #riverkeeper #youngprofessionals #catawbariver  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
 Hey YAR members - it's time to hit the pumpkin patch (or your local grocery store) and pick out your pumpkin for Thursday's pumpkin carving/painting event at @pilotbrewing with our special guest @crowntowncompost. If you have always wanted to #compost, but thought it was impossible in an urban setting, you thought wrong. Crown Town Compost will tell you how and what to compost and, if you sign up with them, they'll take your compost (starting with your #pumpkin guts) and put it to good use in #CLT! #riverkeeper #catawbariver #catawbariverkeeper #yarreadyforthis  @colonialpipeline teamwork! This small but mighty group decided they wanted to get the big stuff out of #LakeWylie today. This video/photo series shows them hauling a rather heavy wooden ladder out of the water onto a kayak, and ultimately having to be towed to shore. What a great group! It was a beautiful day for a paddle and a cleanup and we had a blast! Volunteers truly make a difference. #crfvolunteers #catawbariver #catawbariverkeeper #volunteersofcrf #riverkeeper  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!
 Riding low.  This could be you on Saturday. Our Mountain Island Lake Riversweep has two sites this fall: Riverbend Access and Latta Nature Preserve. We'll have our kayaks at Latta to use on a first come, first serve basis. All cleanup supplies are provided. To register for either site visit We're excited to be partnering with @stormwatercm for the Latta site! They do awesome work to keep our waterways clean and healthy  #riversweep #riverkeeper #catawbariver #kayakcleanup #catawbariverkeeper  This group of volunteers amazes me every time. We overfilled two trailers with 109 trash bags, 11 tires, a TV, two shopping carts, an oil drum(!) and countless buckets and balls. 🤯 #fishingcreeklake is much cleaner because of our wonderful volunteers! Fishing Creek lake has a long way to go for clean shorelines. We have a cleanup every fall and spring. Join us next time. Visit to know what volunteer opportunities are coming up. #catawbariverkeeper #riverkeeper #volunteersofcrf #crfvolunteers #catawbariver #riversweep  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.
 Our volunteers are the reason we get tens of thousands of pounds of trash out of the river and off the shorelines each year! We have Riversweeps and cleanups in the fall and spring, and we are in the thick of our fall season. Join us at one of our cleanups this fall and help us make a difference in our water quality. You can register for all cleanups and riversweeps on our website. Here's what's coming up: Lake Wylie Riversweep - tomorrow, October 6 Mountain Island Lake and Lake Norman Riversweeps - October 13 Fort Lawn Cleanup - October 20 Great Falls Riversweep - November 3 #riversweep #catawbariver #catawbariverkeeper #riverkeeper #volunteersofcrf  Way to go, volunteers! Big thanks to everyone who came out to the Lake Wateree Fall Riversweep last Saturday. We’re especially grateful to @palmettopridekscb, Lake Wateree Association and the planning committee for making the Riversweep possible. Read the full story of how these volunteers removed 4,225 pounds of trash on our blog. See link in bio. #LakeWateree  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
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