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

Clean up your neighborhood!

You can clean up in your own neighborhood, greenway, or cove! Picking up trash where you live helps keep trash out of our waterways.

Private Group Stream Cleanups

Cleanup season kicks off at Catawba Riversweep (always the first Saturday in October) and ends April 30. If you’re interested in a private, small group cleanup, email

Catawba Riversweep

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.