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

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 The Catawba Riverkeeper team went on our usual Thursday sampling run for the Swim Guide Program. We saw loose docks and lots of debris. Avoid boating for now. If you have to go out, be careful. Swim Guide results will be posted tomorrow around 4 PM. Check the Swim Guide app or Special thanks to summer interns Alex and Katie (and Millie the dog) for assisting Riverkeeper Brandon Jones. #catawbariver #lakewylie #flood #swimguide #internship #dogsofinstagram  Riverkeeper Brandon Jones and Program Director Haley Tedder getting @swimguide samples in Lake Wylie. Download the app today!  Last night was a beautiful night for a moonlight paddle at Landsford Canal State Park. Thanks to all who joined us!
 Happy #WorldEnvironmentDay, today & every day! We are working hard to advocate for and protect the Catawba-Wateree River and its lakes, tributaries, & watershed for generations to come.  #worldenvironmentday #environment #catawbariver #catawbariverkeeper #volunteersofcrf #lakenorman #lakewylie  Rainy start to the morning on Lake Wylie for our first @swimguide test of the year.  We’re out at @theresidenceattailracemarina in Mt. Holly if you want to hop in a kayak on the Catawba this morning!
 Yesterday was a beautiful day for our annual Spider Lily Eco-Tour! Thanks to our volunteers for helping make this a fun, safe event. . #catawbariver #spiderlilies #ecotour #volunteersofcrf  Just finished our staff meeting on the patio at our temporary workspace. We’ll be at @hyggeclt Camp North End while our Church Street office is under construction due to flooding. We’re working on getting phones up again. Until then email to reach us. You can also use the app to make pollution reports. Search ‘Catawba Riverkeeper’ in your App Store.  Getting closer to peak bloom!
 Special thanks to YAR member Jenn for helping out this morning with Swim Guide sampling. Check out the result tommorow at!  Lake days are here. #rufflife #lakewylie #catawbariver #watchdog #goldensofinstagram  Happy Friday, enjoy the Catawba River this weekend! #catawbariver
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