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.
The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation exists as part of a larger network of non-profits within the Waterkeeper® Alliance organization. Spread throughout the world, these 200-plus groups provide a shield of advocacy for a resource that cannot protect itself against human or natural forces. Forces that could eventually shape a world without enough of the clean, safe water we need to survive.
Members of the Foundation are volunteers donating their time, money and effort to support the small, overworked paid Catawba Riverkeeper staff. They are factory workers, doctors, truck drivers, teachers or retirees. They are people like you and your neighbors who know that something worth having is something worth protecting. That something essential like water must be protected and advocated for whenever and wherever it is threatened. Like most things guardianship takes money, because money affords action, encourages progress. As a non-profit the CRF is completely dependent on grants, donations and member contributions to fund a budget that supports water testing of our river, research of pollution in our lakes, investigation of sewage overflows into our streams or legal action to protect our watershed. We also organize lake and river clean-ups, citizen education programs, youth kayak activities and public hearing testimony. No single government office financially supports the CRF, it is an independently operating citizens group. However, the Foundation does support government agencies in their environmental oversight responsibilities by acting as eyes and ears at large in the battle against water pollution and preservation of the watershed. What you can do:
- Volunteer to help the Catawba Riverkeeper protect, educate and advocate
- Become a Covekeeper, Covewatcher, Islandkeeper, Creekkeeper, or Waterwatcher
- Participate in the Muddy Water Watch program
- Join the Catawba Riverkeeper speaker bureau.
- Participate in stream, river and lake cleanup days.
- Volunteer other skills.