Advocacy simply means public support for or recommendation of a particular cause or policy. It’s one of Catawba Riverkeeper’s most effective approaches to protecting the region’s lakes, rivers and streams. Best of all, it’s something you as an individual can be a part of. You can advocate for the enhancement of your waterways. Here are some great ways you can make a difference as an advocate for the Catawba-Wateree River.

Stay up-to-date on River issues and Catawba Riverkeeper’s work! Keep current on issues that threaten the health of our lakes, rivers and streams and find out what the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation is doing to combat threats to water quality and quantity. Sign up for our monthly e-Newsletter, visit our website, and follow Catawba Riverkeeper on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Become a Water Watcher! Take direct action to identify, document and report pollution by coming a Water Watcher. Water Watchers are trained volunteers who act as the eyes, ears and voice of the Catawba-Wateree River basin’s lakes, rivers and streams. Every year, the Riverkeeper hosts several one-day training sessions in various parts of the basin. To find out when the next Water Watcher training course will be held in your area, contact Already a Water Watcher? Need a refresher? Check out the resources page. 

Report pollution! If you see something, say something! Report water quality/quantity issues to local authorities and the Riverkeeper. To report pollution to the Riverkeeper, use our app, online Report a Concern form, or email Be as specific as possible and include pictures if appropriate.

Adopt a watershed: Keep an eye out for pollution in your neighborhood or cove. Patrols can be on water via boat or other water vessel, or on land near a tributary, lake, or the river. Email to learn more about how to adopt a watershed.

Follow NC and SC Legislation: Knowledge is power. Know what your state legislators are doing for our waterways. Subscribe for NC Legislative updates from NC Conservation Network and the South Carolina League of Conservation Voters.

Write a letter to the editor: Amplify your voice by writing a thoughtful letter to the editor in your local newspaper.

Contact your representatives: Legislators want and need to hear from their constituents (that’s you!). So, speak up! Let them know where you stand on the issues affecting the health of our waterways. You can contact your representatives by writing a letter, sending an email, giving them a phone call, or meeting with them face-to-face.