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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.

Over 1.7 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 in 2010 and 2012 listed it as a Top 10 Endangered Places in the Southeast. In 2011, Union of Concerned Scientists listed it as the 4th most stressed river in the U.S. from power plants. Recent fish advisories for unsafe levels of metals and PCBs highlight the need to do more to protect our water. We hope that you will look at the information on our website and help us protect our water.

Of Interest to Catawba Riverkeeper Right Now!

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SUNNY DAY AT THE RUBBER DUCK RACE!

The 2014 Rubber Duck Race was held at Little Sugar Creek bridge, near the Nature Museum, on Saturday, July 12th from 10:30 AM until 1 PM.

The Carolina Raptor Center released one of their rehabilitated red-shouldered hawks, Coca-cola raffled off 8 rain barrels, and guests enjoyed delicious food from Chef Street Bistro and King of Pops.

A good time was had by all and Catawba Riverkeeper raised thousands of dollars for our education, advocacy, and protection programs.

Thank you to our 2014 Sponsors: Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated, ReVenture Park, Paragon Bank, Great Outdoor Provisions Co., Sly Dog Studios, and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation! We also thank the many volunteers who gave their Saturday to make the event possible.

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.  A recent news report (click on picture below) highlights the health threats from the leaking coal ash wastes. 

 

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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

 

To learn about our plans for 2014, 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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FOR INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP PROTECT THE CATAWBA RIVER AND WATEREE RIVER, CLICK HERE.

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Job Openings

Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation is currently accepting applications for paid positions and unpaid student interns. More information about job openings is available here.

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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
Jun 23, 2014 WCNC Takes a Deeper Look at Coal Ash Waste
NBC Charlotte I-Team Investigator, Stuart Watson, takes a deeper look into the coal ash controversy. Click on the play button on the video player below to watch this special edition of FlashPOINT (23 minutes).
Jun 18, 2014 “No Swimming” Advisory LIFTED for Portion of Lake Wylie Following Sewage Discharge
Charlotte, NC – A NO SWIMMING advisory was issued Wednesday for a portion of Lake Wylie in Charlotte after approximately 800 gallons of sewage from a broken sewer line discharged. Bacteria levels have returned to normal.
May 21, 2014 Positive Outcome in Crescent's Lake James Rezoning Request
Conservation Coalition (including CRF), working since last September, successfully challenge major zoning changes on Lake James in hopes of preserving the progress made by the 2004 Conservation District Development Plan
May 12, 2014 Paddleboard Race, Raffle Enjoyed by Hundreds
On May 9 & 10, My Aloha Paddle and Surf, in partnership with Visit Lake Norman, hosted the Stand Up for the Catawba Lake Norman SUP paddleboard race and raffle at Port City Club in Cornelius. The Elite and Recreational races were sanctioned by the World Paddle Association (WPA) and followed by a luau.
May 12, 2014 Charlotte Douglas doesn’t want coal ash under proposed runway
On May 9, Charlotte airport officials indicated that they do not have an immediate use for coal ash at the airport, which jeopardizes plans to move coal ash from leaking unlined coal ash impoundments at the Riverbend power plant.
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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.  

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