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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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

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 Patrolling is always more fun when you're with your best friend. #tbt #lakewylie #CatawbaRiver #riverkeeperlife #beaglesofinstagram #riverbeagle  All ready for RiverFest at Lake James State Park! Come see us tomorrow! #LakeJames #CatawbaRiver #kayaking  UPDATE ON BUFFER REPEAL, OTHER BILLS: #NCGA has adjourned until October 4. Been in Raleigh the past two days also meeting with regulators and other groups (Senate & House chambers pictured here). SC Legislature has been long adjourned. There have been a lot of bad bills this session. The worst were S434/H56. S434 was the original bill with language repealing the state-set Catawba River buffer and any local municipal buffer statewide. When S434 stalled in the House, the Senate took a lot of S434's language and put it into H56, but the buffer repeal language was not included. While there was surviving language making some relatively small changes around buffers, defeating the repeals has very much been a victory. H56 has a lot of other components and has become very politicized. It passed both chambers, but it is unclear if the governor will veto it and then if a veto would be overwritten. The only buffer language that remains in the bill duplicates and allowable use for walking trails, allows for buffer clearing if there is criminal activity in the buffer, and calls for studies on property tax revenue from buffer acreage as well as nutrient loading in the Catawba. The "garbage juice" landfill aerosolization bill (H576) and one of the regulatory reform package bills (S16) were not taken up for votes this time. However, we will have to keep an eye out 5 weeks from now when the NCGA returns. Thank you to everyone who reached out to their elected officials to let them know that we want and need clean water!
 GIVEAWAY: We have two tickets for one lucky winner for the Jack Johnson Concert next Thursday, September 28 at the PNC Music Pavilion in Charlotte. To ENTER: 1) Like this post 2) Tag a friend with your favorite Jack Johnson song! It’s just that easy  The winner will be announced on our instagram account this Friday, September 22  Nice day for a dam paddle! From the Lake Wylie dam here downstream is one of the only free flowing stretches of the river that still exists.  We have had a long and wondeful few weeks. We've cleaned up some creeks in #CLT, participated in LoSo Block Party and threw a Riverside Festival. And it wouldn't have been possible without our VOLUNTEERS! ❤ Our #volunteers allow us to get out into the community, make a difference, and let people know we're here and working hard for the #CatawbaRiver. We could not have done all we did (and do) without the help of our amazing volunteers! These are just a few photos for our #tbt of our #crfvolunteers who made (and make) us look good at every event. Thank you to all of our volunteers! #weheartourvolunteers #VOLUNTEERSOFCRF #Catawbariverkeeper
 Great flyover today with @southwings to look at poultry CAFO waste [aka chicken poop] mismanagement, coal ash pond cleanup and sediment runoff. The basin is getting dry, but water quality generally looks good from 1,000 feet. Thanks to Capt. Frank and his fun Lake 250 amphibious plane!  Help prevent flash flooding! If you see a storm drain clogged with debris, take a couple of minutes to clear it out.  Having a blast at #RiversideFest!
 It's a beautiful day at Lake James! #RiverFest #kayaking #CatawbaRiver  Up in the mountains and headwaters of the Catawba, leaves are starting to change. We'll soon announce our leaf peeping events. We're excited as this is supposed to be one of the best color seasons in years given all the rain we've received! #FallIsComing #WinterIsComing #Leaves #LeafSeason #Autumn  Nice map! Looks great with the #RiverWeek banner. Thanks for participating in River Week, @d9brewing! #goodbeerneedsgoodwater #localbeerstartshere #lkn
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