The term “Southern Basin” refers to the part of the Catawba-Wateree River basin downstream of the Lake Wylie Dam to the southern most reaches of our watershed.
This includes the Catawba River, Fishing Creek Lake, Great Falls, Rocky Creek/Cedar Creek/Stumpy Pond, Lake Wateree, the Wateree River and all of the tributaries in that area. The major cities and towns in area include: Indian Land, Lancaster, Chester, Great Falls, Fort Lawn, Ridgeway, Winnsboro, and Camden.
In early 2020, Catawba Riverkeeper acquired a 5-acre riverfront property that we are transforming into an engaging outdoor classroom for the Southern Basin community.
The property was generously donated by the Edwards family, who own the Catawba Fish Camp next door. The property’s address is 6155 Lancaster Hwy, Fort Lawn, SC.
We’ve already had a couple of volunteer work days to get the project started. Next on the project list – building an interpretive trail to feature some of the local plant and animal life. When complete, this incredible property will host education programs, public kayaking, community events, and clean-up programs.
Catawba Riversweep - Always the first Saturday in October!
On October 2, 2021 nearly 1,700 volunteers from across the basin worked at 55 different sites to collect 53,585 pounds of trash!
There were 18 sites in the Southern Basin. In total, 20,495 pounds of trash were removed from the Catawba River, Fishing Creek Lake, Stumpy Pond, Lake Wateree, and streams in the Southern Basin.
We couldn't have a strong presence in the Southern Basin without members, donors, volunteers, and our many partners.
Special thanks to the Arras Foundation, the Edwards Family, the Lindsay Pettus Greenway, USC-Lancaster, the Fort Lawn Community Center, and Lake Wateree Association.
Meet Haley Tedder, the Southern Basin Director. Haley manages the programs and activities of Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation in the Southern Basin (downstream of Lake Wylie in SC). Haley helps connect new and old friends of the River to more on-the-water outdoor experiences.
Haley was born in Charlotte, but has roots in South Carolina. She started her college career at the University of South Carolina in Columbia and earned a B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in chemistry at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.
Spooky Science Saturday
On Halloween, kids and families were invited to learn about all the creepy crawly, slimy, and nocturnal creatures that depend on the Catawba River.
On October 3, throughout the entire Catawba-Wateree River Basin (including more than a dozen sites in the Southern Basin) nearly 1,400 volunteers removed an estimated 61,588 pounds of trash from our waterways.
Outdoor Classroom Work Day!
In August 2020, nearly 50 volunteers worked hard to begin the transformation of the vacant 5-acre riverfront property into an Outdoor Classroom. Projects included brush clearing, gutting the old house on site, bench building, and trail building.
There's plenty more work to be done. Stay tuned for more volunteer opportunities like this.
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