Be a Riverkeeper

October 5, 2024

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MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Riversweep will be held on Oct. 5, 2024!

What is Riversweep?

For decades, citizens around the Catawba River Basin have been cleaning up their river, lakes, creeks, and streams to make sure their waterways look beautiful, are safe for swimming and fishing, and are free of pollution.

The Catawba Riversweep is one day a year when citizens from all over the Catawba-Wateree River Basin come together to clean up on the same day. October 7, 2023 will be a day when thousands of neighbors come together at dozens of sites from Lake James to Lake Wateree and everywhere in between. It will be a day of hard work, fun, fellowship, and action!

For the past 18 years, in partnership with the Lake Wylie Marine Commission, the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation has been holding an annual Lake Wylie Riversweep. The dedicated volunteer leaders of this event have generously shared their knowledge with many other community groups across the basin who wanted to start their own Riversweeps!

Beginning in 2020, all of these local organizing groups began coming together to show their communities the impact that collaboration and cooperation can have on the health and cleanliness of our River.

With just 3 short hours of your time, you too can say “I AM A RIVERKEEPER!” You can register as an individual, a business, a school, a church, a neighborhood, or a group of friends today and be a part of the largest river cleanup in the Southeast.

Lake James
Lake Rhodhiss
Lake Hickory
Lake Norman
Mountain Island Lake
South Fork
Charlotte Creeks
Lake Wylie
Catawba River Below Lake Wylie
Fishing Creek
Great Falls
Lake Wateree


Do you want to join over a thousand volunteers to help clean up the Catawba River, her lakes, creeks, and streams on October 5, 2024? Sign up on our volunteer page beginning in August.

It takes support of all kinds to clean up the Catawba River Basin. If you or your organization would like to support Riversweep with cash, services, or goods, visit our donate page.


We’ve been doing cleanups for decades and we’ve answered a lot of questions over the years. Visit our FAQ page to get the most common questions answered and to find links about getting the rest of them answered.

Participating in Riversweep made me feel like I was a part of something bigger than me.

– Riversweep Volunteer

Volunteer Today

Sign up as an individual, a family, a neighborhood, a church, a business, or with a group of friends.

Our Partners

Many non-profit and for-profit organizations join forces to make the Catawba Riversweep a reality. Check out a list of of all of our vital partners.

Can we count on you?

Help clean up Lake James, Lake Rhodiss, Lake Hickory, Lake Norman, Mountain Island Lake, Lake Wylie, The Catawba River, Charlotte Creeks, Fishing Creek Reservoir, Great Falls, Stumpy Pond, Lake Wateree. You can help the environment and have fun with your friends and neighbors!