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 Community 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.

Trash Traps

We’re always looking for volunteer crew members to help us maintain our trash traps. Hours vary week to week, but are flexible. Cleanouts happen after rain events.

Fishing Line Recycling

In partnership with PalmettoPride, we are launching monofilament (fishing line) recycling in several South Carolina locations. We will need Citizen Scientists to help monitor and empty recycling bins. More information on recycling bin locations and volunteer needs coming soon!

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.

Invasive Species

Thanks to a Duke Energy Habitat Enhancement grant, we’ve launched 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?

South Fork Survey

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

Questions? Lauren Huffstetler (