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

 The basin is gorgeous in snow (these shots taken around Lake James). The upper basin got 9"! Frosty even wore a CRF hat. Tag us in your pictures! #snOMG #NCWX #SCWX #CLTWX  If you're seeing Dead & Co tonight, make sure to stop by our table on action row! #getactive  Our YAR squad marked 58 storm drains in #PlazaMidwood yesterday  If you want to do this in your neighborhood, it's super easy. Check out the steps below: 1. Pick the area you'd like to mark and get a group of friends and family together 2. Contact @stormwatercm for all the supplies you'll need (or the stormwater services in your county) 3. Identify a storm drain that does not already have a marker 4. Clean off the storm drain of debris and garbage (if needed) as well as the space where you will place the marker 5. Add the special adhesive to the back of the marker 6. Place marker with wording facing street , preferably in the middle of the storm drain or if impossible, on the right-hand side 7. Record on your data sheet where the storm drain is 8. Give each other high fives because you're awesome! 9. Repeat #itsjustthateasy #stormwater #VOLUNTEERSOFCRF #YARreadyforthis #catawbariverkeeper
 Here's a sneak peek of the trash we've collected for our December YAR event. Do you think you have what it takes to build a miniature boat from commonly found trash? Join us next Tuesday, December 12 @catawbabrewing_clt at 7pm to compete to win a $25 #CatawbaBrewing gift card, two pint glasses, two coozies, a keep collective bracelet, and #CRF swag!  Team registration link in bio. Team of 4 or less. Register today! Space is limited. #YARreadyforthis  ICYMI, today’s #givingtuesday! Show your love for clean water and the work of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation by donating today. Link in bio. Every drop counts! #givingtuesdayclt #whatsyourgift #givegoodclt  Yesterday and Wednesday, @famoustoasterybelmont raised $1414 for Catawba Riverkeeper during their soft opening. They also fed us, and the food was so yummy! They are officially open today in #BelmontNC, so go and enjoy! Thank you to Famous Toastery of Belmont, the generous patrons who donated, and our volunteers who helped spread the word about CRF. @belmontncliving #breakfastallday #communitysupport #CatawbaRiver #catawbariverkeeper #VOLUNTEERSOFCRF #crfvolunteers #belmontnc
 We and other Riverkeepers from throughout South Carolina discussed issues and our work with the SC Indian Affairs Commission and members of the general public yesterday, concluding with a water ceremony on the Congaree River where we brought together water from six parts of SC. This was the first gathering of its type to coordinate work to protect a critical, sacred resource -- our water. The Catawba Nation -- the only federally recognized tribe in SC -- has fishing weirs in the river that can still be seen.  Always thankful for healthy rivers, lakes, and streams. #CatawbaRiver #catawbariverkeeper #mondaymotivation #thanksgiving #landsfordcanalstatepark #givingtuesday  #vote #electionday #cleanwater
 We flew over the basin twice in November and made 26 pollution reports. Thank you to @southwings and pilots Peter and Holliday for the invaluable perspectives of poultry CAFO waste, coal ash, sediment/construction and more, including the basin's beauty! There are some great shots of our 5.1 million ton legal victory: Riverbend's coal ash cleanup on the banks of the region's drinking water reservoir for 1 million people. The back of the power plant is starting to come down. Thank you also to partners @waterkeeperalliance and @southernenvironment, with whom we work on these issues.  #Optoutside today! It's a beautiful day to walk or bike a greenway, or hike the mountains. Don't get stuck indoors today. Go outside and enjoy the Carolinas! #CatawbaRiver #outdooradventures #catawbariverkeeper #littlesugarcreekgreenway @threadtrail  Attended the Catawba-Wateree Relicensing Coalition stakeholder conference on Lake James yesterday to hear about the [almost] new FERC license that allows Duke to manage the Catawba River (Duke is still appealing trying to get a 50-year rather than the approved 40-year license). Got a neat tour of the new Bridgewater hydro station, too, right as they started generating. The powerful jet of water you see is called the ringjet and is a bypass. Water generating electricity through the hydro units is coming up from underneath in this forebay.
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