The Catawba-Wateree River Basin spans 5,600 square miles touching 26 counties in 2 states. That’s a lot to keep an eye on, especially when government agencies are often under resourced. But, with your help, Catawba Riverkeeper can get more eyes on our waterways.

You can protect our waterways by helping the Riverkeeper collect data, monitor water quality, conduct research, and advocate for the River’s health.

Here are some ways that you can get involved as a Citizen Scientist:

Water Watchers

Take a Water Watcher class to learn about your watershed. We’ll teach you about the local ecology, recreation opportunities, pollution sources, and how to best advocate for our River.

Catawba Riverkeeper hosts multiple Water Watcher training days throughout the year in different parts of the basin. These learning events combine lecture style presentations and hands-on outdoor activities. The 2021 calendar is to be announced soon.

Invasive Species

Thanks to a Duke Energy Habitat Enhancement grant, we’re going to operate a pilot program to address Alligator Weed.

Interested in learning more or being part of the volunteer team that relocates beetles who eat Alligator Weed? Email brandon@catawbariverkeeper.org.

South Fork Survey

Help the Riverkeeper with a data collection project on the South Fork of the Catawba River. More details to come.

Swim Guide

Over the summer, we need volunteers to help us collect samples on each of our major lakes to test for bacteria.

Swim Guide Boat Captains have an assigned sampling route that they complete every Thursday from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

To learn more about volunteering, email claire@catawbariverkeeper.org.