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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 Last night, over 500 concerned citizens showed up to the DEQ information session to voice their belief that the polluting ash by Lake Norman should be excavated. In an unexpected, but welcome, change of format DEQ agreed to answer questions from the audience. Dozens of people stepped up to the microphone with questions and comments. Sheila Holman, Assistant Secretary for the Environment, responded for the state. Representatives John Fraley (NC House) and Vickie Sawyer (NC Senate) also spoke. DEQ put themselves in a tough spot at this meeting. As required by state law Duke submitted closure options to DEQ, these were made public at the end of the last year. DEQ has the discretion to choose how the sites are closed, but thus far has not completed their own analysis. Whenever asked about specifics they could only respond with "we're looking into it" or "we don't know yet." It's strange and a little unsettling to see the DEQ present Duke's proposals to clean up their pollution without analyzing the accuracy or legality of those proposals. We cannot thank everyone who came out last night enough. If you want to help and haven't already please email a comment and sign the petition. The Lake Wylie hearing is on January 29th. See you there! #coalash #lkn #lakenorman #catawbariver Thanks to @viewsfromabove for photos 2 and 3. Taken 12/29/18.  On Wednesday, Riverkeeper Brandon Jones and two volunteers patrolled and cleaned up the South Fork. They also scouted the area for a larger trash cleanup later this year. Thanks to @threadtrail for managing the access points. #SouthFork #CatawbaRiver #canoe #raft #blueway #litter #paddle #waterwednesday  Taken during Riverkeeper Brandon Jones' flyover with @southwings pilot Peter S. this past Saturday, Lookout Shoals dam was 3.2 feet over full pond. #rainraingoaway 12.29.2018 Photo credit: @viewsfromabove #CatawbaRiver #lookoutshoals #riverkeeper #patrols #catawbariverkeeper
 The NC DEQ information session is TONIGHT! This is not a drill. NC DEQ will be deciding the fate of the Marshall Steam Station's closure and coal ash on the banks of Lake Norman. Scroll through for meeting details. #coalash  Cleanups are a great way for you to get involved in improving our lakes and streams. Our spring cleanups dates are on our website at #FishingCreekLake #CatawbaRiver #volunteer #cleanup #litter #trash #cleanwater  There over 3,000 miles of creek in #Charlotte. Wow! Many of its creeks and streams flow right into the #CatawbaRiver. It's important to remember that although the river doesn't flow through the city, what we do in #CLT still affects its water quality. #nodumping #nolittering #clearthedrains #riverkeeper #catawbariverkeeper
 This could be you!  This summer we are asking volunteers to help collect water samples for our summer swim guide. Samples will need to be collected on Wednesday or Thursday each week and brought to the CRF office in Uptown #CLT. We are starting our program with sites on Lake Wylie, Mountain Island Lake, Lake Norman and the South Fork. If you want to be a citizen scientist this summer, contact Hillary at #catawbariver #catawbariverkeeper #lakewylie #lakenorman #mountainislandlake #southforkriver #volunteersofcrf #riverkeeper #citizenscience #sampling  Ugly photo day! With all this rain, we thought we'd remind you with an old photo that when it rains it runs off. This is the time to spot those problem areas in your neighborhood and make sure the right people know about the issue. We can help! You can visit to find out who is the right person in your area to contact. Or you can download our app - Catawba Water Watcher. Simply search Catawba Riverkeeper in your android or iPhone app store and it will pop up with our logo. You can report pollution issues or trash locations via the app. #catawbariver #runoff #riverkeeper #catawbariverkeeper #stormwater  YAR members are sacrificing their warmth on January 26th to raise money for a summer 2019 swim guide site. You can support them by helping a participant raise $50 for their plunge. For more information on the polar plunge and how to donate, click on the link in our bio! #yarreadyforthis #YARpolarplunge #catawbariver #riverkeeper #catawbariverkeeper #fundraiser
 Internships for summer 2019 are live on the CRF website! - We have three open positions (some positions having multiple spots): Marketing and Development Internship Riverkeeper Program Internship Education and Kayaking Program Internship Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Questions? Contact Hillary at, 704.679.9494 #internship #intern  A beautiful old photo of a Lake Hickory sunset. Looks like an oil painting 🤩 #tbt #lakehickory #CatawbaRiver #riverkeeper #sunsets #catawbariverkeeper  We had a blast at the YAR Seasonal Sweater Soirée last night! Special thanks to everyone who brought trash bags, gloves, and hand sanitizer to restock our cleanup supplies! Check out the 2019 Event Calendar at
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