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.
Get to know your river basin!
Explore our map, which currently features waterways, water bodies, sub-basins, and public water supply intakes. Each Monday, we'll add in more layers so that you can explore recreation access points, NPDES permits (discharge locations), wastewater treatment plants, power plants, legislature districts, impaired waterways and more!
Where Do Sewers Overflow Near YOU?
Click on the map above to see where sanitary sewer overflows (SSOs) occur relative to your own address, a waterway or some other feature. We requested information from NC DEQ and SC DHEC regarding SSOs going back to 2014. We then built a map based on that data.
Managing thousands of miles of sewer pipes is difficult. We need YOUR help to keep an eye on manholes, lift/pump stations, lines and other possible points where untreated sewage might be entering the waterways we all depend on and enjoy. Especially when it rains, sewers overflow. Next time there is a heavy rain, check areas near you that have been problems in the past.
Unless SSOs are identified, they don't get fixed!
Charlotte Magazine named Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation as "one of seven charities worth your dollar".
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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How can you help?
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FOR INFORMATION ABOUT WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP PROTECT THE CATAWBA RIVER AND WATEREE RIVER, CLICK HERE.
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.
The CRF site's banner photographs have been generously contributed by
Bill Stokes and Randy Miller.