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.
Tis the Giving Season! As 2014 comes to an end, and with any charitable giving you might make, please consider supporting the Catawba Riverkeeper's efforts to keep clean and plentiful the water we all depend on and enjoy. Want to see just some of what we and our volunteers have done this year? Check out the map below! Click image to enlarge. Click here to make your tax-deductible donation today!
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FALL LEAF ECO-TOUR
We had a perfect day for the Lake James Fall Leaf Eco-Tour (paddle trip, barbeque and hike) on November 8. Although it was cold, we paddled the Linville arm of Lake James with a wonderful view of Shortoff Moutain and the top of Table Rock, enjoyed a fantastic lunch (thanks the culinary brilliance of Amy Laurel), and then hiked to the top of Shortoff Mountain, where we had views of Lake James and Linville Gorge. We will be posting pictures as soon as we accumulate the pictures and have time to post them.
If you missed the fun, we hope that you can join us next year. Our next family Eco-Tour will be in January of February in Congaree Swamp (watch our website for details or sign up for our email list). Our biggest event, the Spider Lily Eco-Tour is typically the third weekend in May. In addition, you can find out about volunteer led paddle trips and hikes by going to the Catawba Riverkeeper Meetup site.
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 its next Executive Director. 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.