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

@catawbariverkeeper #rivergram

 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  Swipe through pics and video from last night’s miniature curling competition with the Young Allies of the River at @lennyboybrewingco #yarreadyforthis #curling #YAR  #getwired
 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  What a week working with @waterkeeperalliance staff and Council members (of which Riverkeeper Sam Perkins is an elected member) on strategic planning for the future of the movement of 338 Waterkeepers worldwide! We had folks in from Bangladesh, China, Mexico, Canada, England, Georgia, California, Alabama, New York, Colorado, Oregon, Maryland, Hawaii, Washington, Montana and of course two from North Carolina. Thank you @mobilebaykeeper for being. Great host! Like us, they are in their 21st year! Sam set up shop in the Baykeeper's office to work before the country's oldest Mardi Gras outside the office!  Brandon Jones, Director of Technical Programs, is building a water monitoring station at the EPA office in Athens, GA as part of a pilot program using open source software to reduce the cost of autonomous data collection. Brandon will install it on the South Fork with students from South Point High School in Belmont, NC. #watermonitoring #cleanwater #southfork #belmont #catawbariver #EPA
 Back to school at Johnson C. Smith University for our #UrbanStreamAdvocacyTraining. Gorgeous group! #jcsu #WaterWatcher #crftraining #catawbariverkeeper  Lake Wylie 01.29.18 : @dnahikian #LKW #LakeWylie #mondaymotivation #catawbariver #doublerainbow  Perfect sunset on Lake Norman. Sunsets have been great -- and warmer -- lately! #nofilter #CleanWater
 Swipe right on us! @capefearriverwatch joined us and @southwings for our flyover patrol looking at poultry CAFO waste, sediment, coal ash and more. Given the rain Sunday, we were worried about what we might see at certain projects, but all looked good, including on Mountain Island Lake, where the @lennarhomes project utilizing some above & beyond sediment/erosion control standards we discussed appeared to keep sediment from reaching the lake! Coal ash cleanup at Riverbend continues to progress as well. Unfortunately, still saw too many poultry waste piles and sediment-laden creeks. Documented and reported! @lennarcharlotte  Learn how you can help keep the creeks in your neighborhood healthy. Join Catawba Riverkeeper for a FREE workshop. Lunch is provided. See link in bio for details and to register. Funding provided by @zsrfoundation. #cleanwater #urban #stream #Charlotte #catawbariver #volunteer  Swipe through 10 shots from our flyover this week looking at poultry CAFO waste, coal ash cleanup @ Riverbend, sediment/erosion monitoring and more. Glad we got up before the snow! Still, want to know how cold it is for Riverkeeper Sam Perkins to photograph at 90+ knots in 24 degrees (F)? Less than 0 degrees (F). Brrr! Nonetheless, thank you @southwings, Andy and his Maule for getting us up! We made our biggest report yet of suspectes violations -- 23 -- to regulatory authorities. Oh, those two reservoirs in the one pic? Lake Norman (top) and Lookout Shoals (bottom). Thank you for your support to make this work possible! #CleanWater @waterkeeperalliance
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