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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.

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Reception at UNCC Center City 5/16!

Let's celebrate Rick's many years of service to Catawba Riverkeeper and
welcome new Executive Director Emilee Syrewicze!
 

Click here to buy tickets now! ($45/person)

Rick Gaskins on Mountain Island Lake  UNCC Center City Building  Emilee Syrewicze headshot

 

 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.

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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 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.

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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
Apr 21, 2015 BREAKING: Residents Around Duke Coal Ash Sites Told Not to Drink Their Water
Letters sent to Duke Energy's neighbors after DENR's testing reveals contamination of groundwater wells.
Apr 21, 2015 Ask Your NC Legislator to Oppose HB 795
The NC General Assembly is proposing to gut the law (SEPA) that requires consideration of environmental costs and benefits when public money is spent or public land is used. This law has helped us expose wasteful projects that would harm the Catawba River and allowed us time to work out a better solution, including unnecessary inter-basin transfers and wasteful highway projects that would increase sprawl.
Apr 20, 2015 Can Charlotte overcome its love of roads?
The root cause of many of the water quality problems (as well as air quality problems) in our region is bad growth practices - SRAWL. The article below explains some of these issues. CRF has been advocating to encourage smart growth and stop bad growth by working with local governments to develop zoning ordinances that incentivize low-impact development and by working with Clean Air Carolina and Southern Environmental Law Center to challenge projects (such as the proposed Garden Parkway Toll Road) that encourage sprawl.
Apr 20, 2015 Volunteers Clean Up 1,200 Pounds of Trash from Briar Creek
Creek visibly cleaner after 25 volunteers remove shopping carts, tires and dozens of bags of trash.
Apr 17, 2015 Longtime Advocate Reflects On Health Of Catawba River
A longtime voice in the effort to protect and improve the Catawba River basin is stepping down. Rick Gaskins, the executive director of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, leaves in June.
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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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