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Catawba Riverkeeper Mission Statement

We educate and advocate to protect the Catawba-Wateree River Basin's lakes, rivers and streams for everyone who depends on and enjoys them.

Two million people depend on the Catawba River and the Catawba River depends on you.
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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.

Water Workshop: Build-A-Barrel

at Discovery Place on Saturday, June 4th
Coca Cola Bottling drilling a hole in a rain barrel

Retrofit and take home a FREE rain barrel!

Bring the family for educational activities for people of all ages! Rain barrels are donated by Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated. Click here to learn more. 
 
 

Water Watcher Training Course 6/25!

Join Riverkeeper Sam Perkins in Belmont on Saturday, June 25th for a Water Watcher training course. The course is funded by the Community Foundation of Gaston County.

 Water Watcher Training Belmont ad

 


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The Catawba River Basin

The Catawba River Basin is made up of eleven lakes, the river between and the tributaries of streams, creeks and flows into them. Click on a section of the map below for more information about the lake or area you are interested in.

Linville to Lookout map

Lake Norman mapMIL map

Lake Wylie map

Landsford to Rocky Creek map

Lake Wateree map

Wateree basin beyond Lake Wateree






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Information About the Catawba River Basin

 

How healthy is the Catawba basin 

 •  What fish advisories are currently in effect?
•   Which water segments are considered impaired?
•   Where are the sources of pollution?

 

Why you should care about the health of the Catawba basin?

 

What are the major water issues in the basin?

•  Coal Ash
•  Sediment Run-off
•  Mercury contamination
•  Stormwater
•  Sludge and CAFO's

 

What are the recreational options?

•   Paddling
•   Hiking & access to scenic spots
•   Sailing
•   Power boating 

 

Who should you contact about different types of problems?

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How can you help?

•   Contribute money
•   Volunteer
•   Donate a boat or other item
•   Report a problem
•   Advocate for the River

 

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FOR INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP PROTECT THE CATAWBA RIVER AND WATEREE RIVER, CLICK HERE.

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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. 

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The CRF site's banner photographs have been generously contributed by 

Bill Stokes and Randy Miller.

 

 

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News
May 18, 2016 DEQ RELEASES COAL ASH CLASSIFICATIONS, INITIALLY CALLS FOR CLEANUPS STATEWIDE
HOWEVER, ASKS FOR GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO RE-EVALUATE CLASSIFICATIONS IN 18 MONTHS
May 03, 2016 RIVERSWEEP VOLUNTEERS REMOVE 7,020 POUNDS OF TRASH FROM LAKE WATEREE
On Saturday, April 16th 68 volunteers removed more than 3.5 tons of trash from the shores of Lake Wateree.
Apr 18, 2016 Catawba Riverkeeper Submits Coal Ash Risk Classification Comments for Allen (Lake Wylie) and Marshall (Lake Norman)
DEQ risk classifications will determine whether or not sites have to be cleaned up
Mar 29, 2016 Catawba Riverkeeper Files Motion to Protect Mountain Island Lake from Duke Energy’s Coal Ash Pollution
Duke appeals Riverbend permit, Catawba Riverkeeper (represented by Southern Environmental Law Center) files to intervene, especially given that CRF is still a plaintiff in two active lawsuits regarding Riverbend
Mar 21, 2016 BREAKING: RESIDENTS NEAR COAL ASH PONDS RECEIVE LETTERS SAYING 'DO NOT DRINK' ADVISORY LIFTED FOR THEIR DRINKING WATER WELLS.
STATE ERRS IN LIFTING DO NOT DRINK ORDERS AS WELLS HAVE 10s TO 100s TIMES MORE METALS LEVELS COMPARED TO PUBLIC WATER SYSTEMS; CONTAMINATION HAS RENDERED WELLS NOT “SUITABLE FOR CONSUMPTION” BY STATE’S OWN DEFINITION
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Report Pollution in the Catawba River

Help protect your River! 

Tell your Riverkeeper if you see:

  • Sewage Overflows
  • Failure to control sediment from construction sites
  • Illegal clearing of buffer areas
  • Fish kills 
  • Unpermitted discharges
  • Other issues that concern you

Click here to fill out a pollution report or to report water pollution to Catawba Riverkeeper by phone, call 1-888-679-9494 or 704-679-9494.  In addition, to informing your Riverkeeper, you should also report spills or contamination to federal, state and local environmental officials.

To report South Carolina water pollution call 1-888-481-0125.

To report North Carolina spills or fish kills, call your local regional Department of Environment & Natural Resources office during normal business hours (704-663-1699 for most Catawba basin areas or (828) 296-4500 for Burke, Caldwell, McDowell and other mountain counties) or 800-858-0368 after hours.  (For more information on NC spill reporting, click here)

Alliances

The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation is a proud member of EarthShare North Carolina, the North Carolina Conservation Network, River Network and the Waterkeeper Alliance.  It also in in an alliance with Clean Air Carolina to address issues, such as sprawl, that cause air and water problems.

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