About Catawba Riversweep
The Catawba Riversweep is a community cleanup event of the Catawba-Wateree River Basin. A collective effort of dozens of non-profit, governmental, and for profit organizations from 26 counties across North and South Carolina, the Catawba Riversweep is an example of the power of collaboration and cooperation.
This unique community engagement event is organized and led by the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization based in Charlotte, NC that was founded in 1997 and is dedicated to the preservation and protection of the waters of the Catawba-Wateree River for those who enjoy and depend on her.
Beginning in 2002, a dedicated and passionate group of volunteers on Lake Wylie started the Lake Wylie Riversweep and thus began the “Riversweep Tradition” on the Catawba River. Since then, dozens of other groups have continued their tradition with their own local riversweeps in their communities. Beginning in 2020, all of these groups began coming together on the same day with the same purpose: clean up trash and debris from our river, lakes, creeks, and streams. The result was over 1,400 volunteers cleaning up 40 sites in the first year of these collective efforts and removing more than 60,000 lbs of trash from our waterways in ONE DAY!
If your organization is interested in being the presenting sponsor of this amazing regional event, email John Searby, Executive Director of Catawba Riverkeeper: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 2006, Duke Energy published the Catawba-Wateree Relicensing Project Water Supply Study, which was the first basin-wide evaluation of future water needs in the Catawba-Wateree River Basin. The results of this 2006 Water Supply Study were startling—without changes to water resource management strategies, over the next 50 years future water demands would approach or exceed the Catawba-Wateree River Basin’s available water supply during drought conditions.
In other words, during the next 50 years, we could face water supply shortages in the Catawba-Wateree River Basin unless we work together to develop and adopt more efficient and sustainable regional approaches to water resource management. So that’s exactly what the Catawba-Wateree Water Management Group has done!
The Catawba-Wateree Water Management Group was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in 2007 and has since worked diligently to coordinate a regional approach to water resource management to extend and enhance the water supply in the Catawba-Wateree River Basin. By bringing together water utilities from North Carolina and South Carolina as well as Duke Energy, the Catawba-Wateree Water Management Group strives to find innovative water resource management strategies to extend our shared water supply and protect the ecological integrity of the Catawba-Wateree River Basin.
Our Group recognizes that without excellent environmental stewardship and efficient water resource management strategies, the Catawba-Wateree River Basin may not be able to meet anticipated future water supply needs.