CATAWBA RIVERKEEPER FOUNDATION INC

Education | Advocacy | Protection

aka Catawba Riverkeeper   |   Charlotte, NC   |  www.catawbariverkeeper.org

Mission

The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation (CRF) educates and advocates to protect the Catawba-Wateree River Basin's lakes, rivers and streams for everyone who depends on and enjoys them.

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

Mr. John Searby

Main address

PO Box 11838

Charlotte, NC 28220 USA

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EIN

56-2034780

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Water Resource, Wetlands Conservation and Management (C32)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We all need clean water. The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation (CRF) is the only independent watchdog for our region's water quality. The Catawba River is one of the most stressed rivers in the country from power generation. It's been named one of America's Top Ten Most Endangered Rivers (by advocacy group American Rivers) multiple times since 2000. Sedimentation/stormwater runoff, coal ash contamination, industrial poultry waste, sewage spills, sewage sludge spreading, contaminants of emerging concern, and drought threaten its health.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Riverkeeper Program

The purpose of the Riverkeeper program is to protect the health of the waterways in the Catawba River basin for everyone who depends on and enjoys them. Examples of Riverkeeper program activities include: responding to pollution reports, patrolling waterways, water/sediment/fish sampling, commenting on proposed projects/permits, meeting with elected officials and community groups, giving interviews with media, training Water Watchers and Covekeepers, and leading eco-tours.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Clean, plentiful, and affordable water for all

CRF works to sustain and enhance the Catawba-Wateree River, its lakes and streams through education, advocacy, and on-the-ground monitoring.

CRF employees a team of experts and relies on a network of volunteers to act as the eyes, ears, and voice of the River.

In the last few years, the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation:

• Secured the cleanup of coal ash ponds on Lake Wateree, Mountain Island Lake, Lake Norman, and Lake Wylie;
• Advocated for better stormwater runoff and sediment and erosion controls;
• Created an app to help citizens more easily report trash and pollution;
• Hosted dozens of lake/stream cleanups to remove tons of trash from our waterways;
• Taught more than a thousand kids and teens about various water science topics through classroom presentations, field trips, and the CREEK program;
• Trained hundreds of volunteer Water Watchers to identify, document and report pollution; and
• Investigate countless reports of pollution or potential sources of pollution.

In 2019, CRF launched a new Water Quality Monitoring Program to get a better picture of our waterways health. The data collected by the state and local agencies is often limited and out of date. CRF is filling in the gaps.

Financials

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Operations

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CATAWBA RIVERKEEPER FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 06/01/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Tyler Richardson

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Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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