The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation (CRF) is a local, community-based group of members and volunteers located throughout the 26-county river basin that dedicates time, talent and treasure to ensuring the protection of the Catawba-Wateree River.


The Catawba Riverkeeper preserves, protects, and restores the waters of the Catawba-Wateree River Basin for all through education, advocacy, and engagement.


Our goal is to sustain plentiful, clean water for generations to come.


The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation was founded in 1997 by the Lakes Norman and Wylie Marine Commissions as a result of a task force recommendation from the Centralina Council of Governments 1995 study on the Catawba River corridor. Since the first Riverkeeper was hired in 1998 with a license from Waterkeeper Alliance, Catawba Riverkeeper has been the leader in direct protection of the Catawba-Wateree River through education, advocacy, and on-the-ground monitoring and reporting.

In 2021, Catawba fulfilled the vision of its founders by moving our headquarters on-the-water and opening satellite offices in the Northern and Southern Basins.

Read a full history of the organization.

Location & Mailing Address

Catawba Riverkeeper’s headquarters are in McAdenville, NC. While transitioning from The Boathouse to the new offices in downtown McAdenville, we continue to receive mail at our PO Box. (PO Box 11838 Charlotte, NC 28220)

Contact Us

You can reach us at 704-679-9494. Listen to the automated message for a staff directory and instructions on how to report a concern.

General email inquiries may be sent to