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.

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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

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 Participants of Earth Hour will turn off all lights for one hour (8:30-9:30pm) this Saturday, March 24. We, at Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation challenge you to go one step further! In addition to not using electricity, we challenge you to not use water for the hour. It is a small challenge that will make a big difference. #crfearthhourchallenge #earthhour #lightsoffwateroff #conservewater #catawbariver #catawbariverkeeper  Found today while sampling Sugar and Irwin creeks for bacteria. @smithwessoncorp .40 @pepsi can from 1995 And a boat... there's no such thing as appropriate #litter, but this is close. *There was a @cmpdhq officer in the parking lot where the shell casing was found. Thankfully, he said there had not been any incidents recently; must have just been someone who wanted to shoot down by the creek!  Calm, cool [yet warm] up here on and around Lake James, where we'll have a Water Watcher training tomorrow! #GetEducated #Headwaters #NCMountains #OptOutside
 Great day presenting at the NC Southern Piedmont Envirothon! #education #environmentaleducation #envirothon  Bacteria sampling. Sugar Creek. Drains much of Charlotte, then hits the Catawba River shortly downstream in South Carolina. Let's see if NC is being a good upstream neighbor. Also on a conference call. Results revealed at our training tomorrow, for which we still have openings! Visit #multitasking #water #sugarcreek #charlotte #clt #fridayfeeling  Spoke at the public hearing this evening for the special order by consent the state and Duke are proposing to deal with coal ash seeps, including at Allen (Lake Wylie) and Marshall (Lake Norman). The SOC needs a lot of improvement. The comment deadline is tomorrow the 14th. Yes, #ValentinesDay. Wouldn't you just ❤LOVE to be heard?! Learn more at
 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  Choppy & chilly, especially at 30 mph, here on Lake Wylie, but at least it is sunny for the patrol! #lakewylie #lkw #catawbariver  Ran into @william.gosnell our Summer 2017 Education and Kaykaing Program intern at the Green Career Fair at @uofsc . So awesome seeing him again! We miss you! Check out our Summer 2018 Internships at #crfinterns #crfsummerinternships #catawbariverkeeper
 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  Come out to @triplecbrewing this Saturday, March 10 for the release of their new Hazy River IPA collaboration. $1 from each pint and 4 pack of cans will be donated to the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation. The Hazy River IPA IS Triple C’s first New England Style IPA to be canned. The Riverkeeper himself got in on the brewing action with Head Brewer Scott Kimball. As our friends at Triple C say, “beer can be hazy, but not our rivers.” #knowyourcraft #triplecbrewing #drinklocal #thinkglobalactlocal #cltbeer #catawbariverkeeper #exploreclt  Back to school at Johnson C. Smith University for our #UrbanStreamAdvocacyTraining. Gorgeous group! #jcsu #WaterWatcher #crftraining #catawbariverkeeper
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