Covekeepers are the eyes on the river for Catawba Riverkeeper. As one of our most important volunteer groups, Covekeepers ensure that river is being monitored on a regular basis for trash, pollution, sedimentation, and other hazards to the public. Reporting what they see to the Riverkeeper is quick and easy but vital to our ability to protect the Catawba River, her lakes and streams.

Covekeepers complete a 2-3 hour Water Watcher training to learn about the threats they should be looking for and what to do when they see them. Upon completion, Covekeepers select a monitoring zone in their area and receive a CRF t-shirt and an official Covekeeper hat to wear when they are out on their monitoring runs. Covekeepers are asked to patrol their zone at least once a month and report back to the Riverkeeper via easy to use online tools.

Next Water Watcher training session: TBA

2020 Trainings:

Saturday, February 1 | Belmont, NC

Monday, March 30 | Online

Contact Brandon Jones with questions or register here for a training class to become a Covekeeper. There is no cost to this program, but Covekeepers are responsible for their own fuel and maintenance for their boat if needed.


Lake Norman

The Lake Norman Covekeepers meet on the fourth Thursday of each month, usually at the East Lincoln Fire Department at 7 PM. The Lake Norman Lakekeepers are Ben Benoit and Bruce Andersen (Mecklenburg County). Email Ben Benoit for details.

Lake Wylie

Contact Brandon Jones for details ( or 704-679-9494).

Mountain Island Lake

The Mountain Island Lake Covekeepers are invited to attend either the Lake Norman meeting or the Lake Wylie meeting.

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