Below is a list of commonly asked questions. If you don’t see the answer to your question, fill out the form at the bottom and we’ll get you an answer.

  • What should I wear?
    Most people find that long pants, socks, and closed toe shoes are best for this type of messy work. We encourage you to be comfortable, but safe because you’ll be mucking around in the water!
  • Can I bring my dog?
    You are welcome to bring your dog, but please understand that you might not be able to go on a boat if you have your dog with you as some boat captains are not comfortable with pets on their boat. You will be responsible for your pet at all times.
  • What ages of kids is Riversweep appropriate for?
    Kids of all ages enjoy Riversweep, but children under the age of 16 MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Depending on the age of your children, your site captain may restrict the areas that you can clean up due to safety of others.
  • I’m interested in being a Site Captain, what do they do?
    If you are interested in being a site captain, please email us at riversweep@catawbariverkeeper.org
  • Will I be cleaning up on water or land?
    Depending on your site, both options may be available. Please check the details about your site on our LOCATIONS page to see if your site has both water and land cleanup options and plan accordingly.
  • How long does Riversweep last?
    We ask that you check in at your site by 8:30a on October 3. We will start sending boats out at 9a and the cleanup will be done around noon.
  • Who organizes this?
    Catawba Riversweep is organized by the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation with the generous help and support of MANY, MANY local individuals, organizations, and municipalities around the basin. Check out our PARTNER page to see a list of everyone involved.
  • Do I need to bring my own supplies?
    No! All you need to bring is yourself and a water bottle. We will provide gloves, trash bags, grabbers, water, dumpsters, etc.
  • How can I get my church or other group involved?
    If you would like to register your group, visit our VOLUNTEER page and fill out the group form. You don’t have to have exact numbers now, but we like to plan roughly on how many to expect at each site.
  • I want to bring my boat, how do I become a boat captain?
    If you are interested in being a boat captain, register as and individual on the VOLUNTEER page and check the “I’d like to be contacted about being a boat captain.” box.