Catawba Riverkeeper has multiple Litter Abatement programs: Riversweep, Lake/Stream Cleanups, Litter Gitters, and Tactical Cleaning.

Catawba Riversweep

The Catawba Riversweep is one day a year when citizens from all over the Catawba-Wateree River Basin come together to clean up on the same day. October 2, 2021 will be a day when thousands of neighbors come together at dozens of sites from Lake James to Lake Wateree and everywhere in between.

In 2020, nearly 1,400 volunteers collected an estimated 61,500 pounds of trash from 40+ sites across the basin.

Lake and Stream Cleanups

Catawba Riverkeeper organizes private cleanups throughout the year for groups like Scout Troops, youth groups, and corporate teams. If you’re interested in coordinating a cleanup for your group, email to start a conversation.

Litter Gitters

A Litter Gitter is a tactical in-stream litter collection device, made by Osprey Initiative, used to intercept floating litter from stormwater runoff.

When it rains, litter and other types of pollution that harm aquatic life and degrade water quality runoff intro creeks through storm drains. Polluted stormwater runoff is the leading cause of pollution in our surface waters.

In February 2020, three Litter Gitters were installed on Charlotte streams thanks to a partnership between Osprey InitiativeCoca-Cola ConsolidatedEnvision Charlotte, the City of Charlotte, and Mecklenburg County.

Catawba Riverkeeper crew members maintain these Litter Gitters with financial support from Osprey Initiative. After every rain event, the Litter Gitters are cleaned out. The crew collects data to track sources and solutions and recycles as much as possible.

Become a Litter Gitter Crew Member!

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer crew member email Greg Nance (

Tactical Cleaning

Catawba Riverkeeper can deploy teams of highly experienced paddlers and boating experts to get to some of the toughest stretches of water in the basin. These tactical clean-ups are done on an as needed and identified basis. If you are interested in being on our tactical clean up crew and have advanced paddling experience, please contact Greg Nance – for more information.