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

 A for effort #NationalSelfieDay #tbt #LakeWylie #CatawbaRiver #beaglesofinstagram  Lakes throughout the basin are around full pond (100') as water from days of heavy rains continue to move down through the system. This screenshot is from our Catawba Water Watcher app. 🤳 Download (free for iPhone and Android) to keep an eye on lake levels and more! Be safe, and watch out for large debris, hidden dangers and swift flow if on the water this weekend.  AND use the Trash Logger tool to let us know where this high water has deposited trash so we can get it at our next cleanup! ♼  Great walk along the 200-year-old canal system to see the spider lilies. Unfortunately, water was too high this year for our paddle, but we had a great walk to the lookout! Plus, the lilies have yet to peak bloom, so you still have time to visit! Shame on you if you haven't been!! Visit this park! #history #nature
 Great first day for our CREEK program with @mookiesplace ! Special thanks to @jmarionsimsfoundation for making it possible!  Come kayak with us! Thursday evening paddles start this Thursday at 6:30 PM at #LandsfordCanalStatePark. BYO kayak/canoe or borrow one from us on a first come, first served basis. You must sign up in advance to reserve a kayak. Registration is now open at: (link in bio). Big thanks to @jmarionsimsfoundation and Moore & Van Allen for making the Summer Paddle Series possible. #kayaking #CatawbaRiver #optoutside #rivergram  We had an amazing time on the insect tour at #cowansfordwildliferefuge! We found grasshoppers, praying mantices, dragonflies and more. We found a rare moth for our county and had fun identifying the species of insects. We could NOT stop taking photos of the sunset. It was a gorgeous evening in a peaceful nature preserve. We want to thank our #LakeNormanCovekeepers for arranging the tour and, of course Lenny from #mecklenburgcountydepartmentofnaturalresources for being an incredible guide!! *no insects were hurt during this event, and all were released back into the wild...except the praying mantis that was eaten by a spider* #cowansford #bugginout #catawbariverkeeper #catawbariverkeeperfoundation
 Amazing @waterkeeperalliance conference this year! The Waterkeeper movement is larger than ever -- 340 organizations from 40 nations and six continents. Riverkeeper Sam Perkins got the famous surgeon tattoo with 11 others, too! There is no other place where you can sit down and discuss substantive water protection strategies with someone from Uganda, China, Ireland, Mexico and more all at once. Proud to work with these hundreds of people dedicating their life and work to clean water! Group photo credit to the unparalleled John Wathen. Thank you @bnwaterkeeper for being amazing hosts! #CleanWater #Conservation #Tattoo #Ink #WKAC18  Lake Norman is warmin'! Patrolled while flirting with storms. Everything looks great. No problems (except that coal ash up at Marshall; working on it!). The lake, its shoreline and its islands are absurdly clean right now. Let's keep it that way. Hope everyone has a fun, safe and #CleanWater filled Memorial Day weekend! ⛵  Good afternoon from Lake Wylie! #lakewylie #catawbariver
 It’s #worldenvironmentday! This year’s theme is beating plastic pollution. Our volunteers help keep plastic out of our lakes, rivers and streams by participating in cleanups and riversweeps. These plastic bottles were taken out of Fishing Creek Lake. Last year, volunteers throughout the Catawba-Wateree River Basin removed more than 73,000 pounds of trash! #beatplasticpollution #FishingCreek #CatawbaRiver #globalearthday  It’s #WorldTurtleDay! #CatawbaRiver #LakeWylie #LakeNorman : Ken Teeter (2nd Picture)  Bacteria tests show where Long Creek enters Lake Wylie near the @usnwc down to the 74 bridge now have safe levels of bacteria for swimming and general contact. Just in time for a warm end of the week when people will want to be on the water! Sewer overflows -- even 15.4 million gallons -- take time to clear but with sunny, dry weather always will. Big thank you to @stormwatercm for your diligent monitoring! #Bacteria #Belmont @wsoctv @wbtv_news @wcnctv @wccbcharlotte @wfaepublicradio @fox46charlotte @charlotteobserver @wbtradio @thegastongazette
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