In 1997, an intrepid group of people concerned about the health of the Catawba-Wateree River combined forces and created the Catawba RIVERKEEPERĀ® Foundation (CRF). With the financial support of the Lake Norman and Lake Wylie Marine Commissions and a license from WATERKEEPER ALLIANCEĀ®, CRF came into fruition and began its programmatic work in education, advocacy and protection.

In the past two decades, CRF has been the primary public interest watchdog dedicated to protecting the Catawba-Wateree River Basin.