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

 Having an awesome time at LoSo today! It's super hot so stop by one of our water booths until 7pm to get a cup of #CatawbaRiver water on us! We also have reusable water bottles filled with ice water for $10. #seeyouthere #LoSoBlockParty #volunteersofcrf #weheartourvolunteers #catawbariverkeeper  Don't forget if you buy a beer this Thursday at @ThreeSpiritsBrewery for Thankful Thursday a portion of your purchase goes back to CRF! Sam, our Riverkeeper, will be hanging out there too!  #localbeerstartshere #riverweek #volunteer #cleanwater #catawbariverkeeper #thankfulthursday  We had another great paddle yesterday evening! #LakeWylie #CatawbaRiver #latergram
 Lake James looking great during patrol today. Not a beach around without a people enjoying the Catawba's first lake with views up Linville Gorge. Haven't been? Come to Lake James State Park for Riverfest on Saturday, September 16! We'll be there!  Have you heard about #RiversideFest? Check out the link in our bio for details on the party by the River in Belmont 8/26.  Get your Catawba Riverkeeper water bottle at one of our upcoming events! #itsakeeper #waterbottle #reducereuse #CatawbaRiverkeeper
 Not too late to stop by! We're thankful for Thankful Thursdays at @threespiritsbrewery where tonight $1 from every pint and flight goes toward our work for clean water!  We are going to miss our summer interns so much  Each intern brought such a wonderful and different energy to our organization, and it's going to be so hard to say goodbye to them. Thank you Rachel, Hank, William, and Bill for all your hard work this summer! #itssohardtosaygoodbye #breakingupishardtodo #CRFinterns #summer2017interns #catawbariverkeeper  Riverkeeper Sam Perkins spoke with federal officials Monday about the need to preserve the 2015 Effluent Limitation Guidelines rule, which limit pollution discharges (e.g., metals) from power plants. After speaking at an EPA hearing, he met with Sen. Lindsey Graham's office. Dozens of other people and groups came in from across the country, including our @southernenvironment attorney Frank Holleman (pictured in front of Capitol). Sam worked on this issue with officials prior to the 2015 rule being finalized after five years of development. The new EPA is seeking to delay the rule. Read more about the issue and Sam's speech at @waterkeeperalliance @sierraclub @waterkeepersches @earthjustice #cleanwater #epa #dc
 New member of our full-time staff patrolling to protect the water we all enjoy and depend on! This is Director of Technical Programs Brandon Jones! He, Riverkeeper Sam Perkins and volunteers checked out Lake Norman and Mountain Island Lake on Brandon's third day. He's a Gastonia native finishing a Masters at UNCC and has extensive whitewater experience. Keep an eyebout for him! #OurWolfpackGrewByOne  We had a packed house at our Annual Meeting and 20th Birthday Party this afternoon! Big thanks to all of our members who make our work possible.  General admission is FREE. VIP tickets (includes the Low Country Boil and on-site parking) are $30. Proceeds go to CRF. See link in bio for details. #RiversideFest #lowcountryboil #localbeer #foodtrucks #belmont #CatawbaRiver #volunteer
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