The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation provides educational programs for young people and adults alike across the Catawba-Wateree River Basin. These programs strive to meet the diverse needs of our communities in the classroom, on the banks of the river, and on the water. Our goal is to inform the community of the importance of the Catawba River and her lakes, streams, and creeks to our daily lives so that they will be encouraged and motivated to preserve and protect the water.
The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation believes that when people engage with the water in fun and interesting ways, they care more about the water and are motivated to care for this precious resource. We provide engagement opportunities to the public through river, lake, and stream cleanups across the basin, paddling events on the water, hikes on the banks of the Catawba River and her lakes, staff talks about the history and current state of the river, information tables at community events, and festivals celebrating the importance of the water to our daily lives.
The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation serves the public by acting as the voice of the river. It is our goal to protect your waters without compromise. Our protection efforts include patrolling the waterways in the basin and reporting violations of local, state, and federal water quality regulations, conducting water and sediment sampling to test for contaminants and reporting those to the public, meeting with elected officials to educate them on the challenges the river faces and work with them to develop further safe guards for our waterways, recognizing companies and individuals who exemplify responsible environmental behavior, monitoring and commenting on proposed public actions and rules that impact our waterways, and responding to the reports and needs of citizens related to water quality or risks to the waterways. We pride ourselves on being an impartial, trusted source for information about the health of the river and quality of its waters. When necessary, we will litigate against individuals and entities that take actions to harm the Catawba-Wateree Rivers. Protection and Preservation of the Catawba-Wateree Rivers are our highest calling as an organization.