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!


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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

 Our February YAR event is coming up. We're attempting a miniature curling competition. You don't want to miss this! Not into curling? Grab a beer or kombucha at @lennyboybrewingco and be an Olympic spectator . More info and RSVP link in bio. #CRFwinterolympics #YARreadyforthis #YoungAlliesoftheRiver #catawbariverkeeperfoundation  Happy New Year from Catawba Falls up by the beginning of the river! Bumped in to a CRF Member taking puctures here, too; lots of folks braving 20-degree weather and 2" snow. View is worth it. Included in these shots is a photo of the century-old hydroelectric station on the river (technically the first dam on the length of the river, though now breached), which can be seen midway on the hike. #OptOutside #Waterfalls #WNC  RIVERBEND'S STACKS ARE COMING DOWN. Checked up on the 5.1 million ton coal ash cleanup we secured with your support. Half of the stacks are down. Thank you, @southwings and pilot Peter S, for the flyover Friday to keep an eye on this cleanup and look for other pollution! @southernenvironment @waterkeeperalliance
 What a WEEK! We visited both Raleigh and Columbia with fellow Riverkeepers to collaborate on sampling and as legislatures start their sessions. We discussed issues like emerging contaminants, plastic bag bans and sewer overflows with the legislators representing the Catawba. That's SC House Speaker Pro Tempore (and Lake Wylie lover) Tommy Pope bottom right. Keep an eye out for legislative updates when we need you to reach out to your elected officials! Bottom left: @waterkeeperalliance Will Hendrick, @upperneuserk Matt Starr and @hawriverassembly Emily Sutton and Catawba Riverkeeper Sam Perkins after speaking to the House River Quality committee on a COLD day in Raleigh #NCPol #NCGA #SCLeg  Here’s our #2017bestnine. It’s been another productive year of protecting our rivers, lakes and streams. THANK YOU to all of our members and volunteers who help us work towards our vision of clean, plentiful water for all. You can help keep up the good work by making a donation before the ball drops tonight. See link in bio. #donate #cleanwater #catawbariver #nye  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
 CHARLOTTE FRIENDS - Come learn how you can help maintain creeks in your neighborhood at the FREE Urban Stream Advocacy Training workshop. See link in bio for details. #cleanwater #charlotte #cityofcreeks #catawbariver  We’re flashing back to 2006 today with a picture of the first Catawba Riverkeeper, Donna Lisenby. #tbt #happyholidays #seasonsgreetings #merrychristmas #happynewyear  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.
 Warm colors of a cold dawn at the top of the basin. #sunrise #headwaters #OptOutside  *Dropping off water samples at secured lab, truck checked at gate* SECURITY GUARD: "Catawba River, eh? You drink that water?" RIVERKEEPER: "With some hops, malt and yeast I do..." *he laughs* Got to have a #SenseOfHumor... and #CleanWater for #NCBeer #SCBeer #CLTBeer #DrinkLocal  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.
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