Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation

Year Founded
Local Leader/Exec. Director
John Searby
Primary Contact Name
Diana Knudsen
Main Address

102 Main St. Suite 100
McAdenville, NC 28101
United States

What We Do

Catawba Riverkeeper is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and restoring the 8,900 miles of waterways within the Catawba-Wateree River Basin. We accomplish this mission by offering on-the-water experiences, hosting public and private trash cleanups, creating youth and adult educational programs, and conducting valuable research concerning water health. We also have staff members on alert for any environmental issues that come up in the lawmaking process at the local, state, and national levels.

Our accomplishments would not be possible without our countless volunteers, participants, and ambassadors who donate their time to our programs and events every month. 

Interesting Info
  • The Catawba-Wateree River Basin spans across 26 counties in North and South Carolina and supplies drinking water to over 2 million residents!
  • We have three retail locations that help us extend our mission into the community–The River Room, The Boathouse, and Confluence.
Geographic Location
Volunteer Opportunities

Catawba Riversweep
Repeats annually on the 5th of October at 9:00am for 5 times
Duration of 8 hours

Group paddle
Happy kayaking
Staff & Interns Research
Litter Gitter
Youth Kayaking Trip
Full Moon Paddle Prep
In the spider lilies