2021 was a banner year for the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation thanks to our members, volunteers, and partners!

Thanks to people like you, we were more active than ever in improving the waterways of the Catawba-Wateree River Basin through education, engagement, and protection. Here are some highlights:


  • Hosted 63 educational programs
  • Taught 1,357 students about their watershed and environmental science topics
  • Inspired 227 adults through the Riverkeeper Learning Series and workshops


  • Engaged 1,740 people on the water through guided tours, kayak rentals, and special programs
Photo by James Capozzi
  • 100,590 pounds of trash collected by 2,254 volunteers!
  • Hosted 49 cleanups + Riversweep (a single day cleanup with 55+ cleanup sites)
  • Maintained 4 Litter Gitter trash trap devices


  • 6,500 water quality measurements taken
  • 78 citizen reports investigated
  • Involved in more than 20 advocacy related projects
  • 60 Swim Guide sites tested weekly
  • 50 Water Watchers trained
  • Piloted an invasive species mitigation program


  • 2,000+ volunteers directly supported our mission
  • 500+ new members joined Catawba Riverkeeper
  • 8 summer interns gained hands-on experience in their career fields while contributing to the organization
  • 6 new employees joined the team! Catawba Riverkeeper’s staff size has tripled since 2019.
  • In addition to moving our headquarters on the water, we maintained offices in the Northern and Southern Basins
Left to right: Tim, Greg, Grant, Vanessa, Jenny, Morgan L., Morgan O., Haley Michelle, Diana, John, and Brandon.

Keep the momentum going!

You can help Catawba Riverkeeper do even more next year! Chip in to help us finish 2021 and start 2022 strong!