Removing trash from our lakes, rivers, and streams is one impactful way that you can improve our waterways.

On the first Saturday in October each year, Catawba Riverkeeper hosts a basin-wide cleanup — Catawba Riversweep — with 40+ sites from Lake James to Lake Wateree.

At the 2020 Catawba Riversweep, nearly 1,400 volunteers pulled out 61,588 pounds of trash from 40 sites across the Catawba-Wateree River basin.

Catawba Riverkeeper hosts many cleanups throughout the year for small groups. If you’re interested in a private, small group cleanup, email