Welcome to the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation
The Catawba River has been designated as one of America’s Most Endangered Rivers three times (#1 in 2008, #5 in 2013 and #13 in 2000). The Southern Environmental Law Center and The Union of Concerned Scientists have ranked the Catawba in nationwide Top 10 lists for stressed and endangered rivers. Fish advisories for unsafe levels of metals and PCBs highlight the need to do more to protect our water.
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The State of North Carolina recently introduced three new mapping tools to check on the status of your local waterway:
- 2012 Integrated Report (Impaired Waters) Map (click here) - This map can be used to not only find the overall integrated report rating for a stream but click through the arrows on the pop-up window (top right) and you will find the rating and information for each parameter that stream was monitored for. The 2014 Integrated Report map will be coming shortly.
- Find a Surface Water Classification Map (click here) - Use this map to click on a stream line to find what surface water classification is assigned to that stream segment.
- Find Your HUC (click here) - Use this map to find the Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) assigned to a particular area. This map includes 8-digit (Subbasins), 10-digit (watersheds), and 12-digit (subwatersheds) HUC levels.
When looking at the impaired waters map, it is important to remember that actually 100% of the water is impaired in the basin because there are fish advisories for mercury levels in certain species of fish throughout the basin.
COAL ASH UPDATE
Catawba Riverkeeper and other Waterkeepers in the region continue to be at the forefront of coal ash issues locally and nationally. Catawba Riverkeeper, represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, initiated a series of lawsuits beginning in 2012 to require coal fired power plants to stop illegal discharges of toxic wastes from coal ash ponds and to clean up leaking coal ash ponds. The lawsuits filed in South Carolina have been settled, but Duke Energy continues to resist requests to cleanup all of its ash ponds. You can listen to a discussion about the coal ash issues on the November 19 edition of "Charlotte Talks" that included Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation Executive Director Rick Gaskins, as well as the Chair of the NC Coal Ash Management Commission and a Vice President of Duke Energy at http://wfae.org/post/coal-ash-update. Additional information about the threats to our drinking water from coal ash can be found at http://www.catawbariverkeeper.org/issues/coal-ash.
The Catawba River Basin
Information About the Catawba River Basin
How healthy is the Catawba basin
Why you should care about the health of the Catawba basin?
What are the major water issues in the basin?
What are the recreational options?
Who should you contact about different types of problems?
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The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works to educate people about the Catawba-Wateree River, to protect the River, and to advocate for the River. It is a big job and we need your help. The Catawba-Wateree basin includes approximately 5000 miles of waterways flowing through 11 major lakes. The basin includes portions of 24 counties in North Carolina and South Carolina. Please read the upcoming events for some opportunities to participate in efforts to protect our River.
FOR INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP PROTECT THE CATAWBA RIVER AND WATEREE RIVER, CLICK HERE.
Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation is currently searching for staff for its summer youth kayaking program. In addition, CRF is accepting applications for unpaid student internships. More information about job openings is available here.
The CRF site's banner photographs have been generously contributed by
Bill Stokes and Randy Miller.