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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.

2014 Map of Accomplishments in the Catawba-Wateree Basin

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Of Interest to Catawba Riverkeeper Right Now!

NEW MAPS!


       The State of North Carolina recently introduced three new mapping tools to check on the status of your local waterway:

      • 2012 Integrated Report (Impaired Waters) Map (click here) - This map can be used to not only find the overall integrated report rating for a stream but click through the arrows on the pop-up window (top right) and you will find the rating and information for each parameter that stream was monitored for.  The 2014 Integrated Report map will be coming shortly.
      •  Find a Surface Water Classification Map (click here) - Use this map to click on a stream line to find what surface water classification is assigned to that stream segment.
      • Find Your HUC (click here) - Use this map to find the Hydrologic Unit Code (HUC) assigned to a particular area.  This map includes 8-digit (Subbasins), 10-digit (watersheds), and 12-digit (subwatersheds) HUC levels.  

 When looking at the impaired waters map, it is important to remember that actually 100% of the water is impaired in the basin because there are fish advisories for mercury levels in certain species of fish throughout the basin.

 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 its next Executive Director.  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
Jan 05, 2015 Coal Ash Problem Bigger than Previously Thought
As State officials return from the holidays and begin sifting through all of the information being generated about the coal ash ponds in North Carolina, it is becoming apparent that the problem is bigger than previously believed, and that very little is know about how whether the contamination from the ash ponds will affect drinking water wells or other water supplies.
Dec 19, 2014 NEW EPA COAL ASH RULE FALLS SHORT OF PROTECTING PEOPLE, WATER
EPA's waste designation of coal ash -- years in the making -- allows state/utility oversight, leaving coal ash in place and using ash as unlined structural fill.
Dec 11, 2014 NC DENR Gives Duke Permission to Drain Marshall Ash Ponds
According to a press release from the State of North Carolina, the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources has given Duke permission to lower the level of waste in the ash ponds at the Marshall coal-fired power plant in Catawba County (on Lake Norman) in order to repair a pipe in the dam structure.
Dec 03, 2014 Comments on Proposed Mine Draining to Lake Wateree
Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation comments on the water monitoring plan (or lack thereof) for a granite quarry application.
Nov 21, 2014 CATAWBA RIVERKEEPER COMPLETES FIRST PCB TESTING OF FISH TISSUE ON LAKE JAMES
The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation has received results from its September polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) testing of fish tissue on Lake James.
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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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