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Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation Inc

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Causes: Environment, Land Resources Conservation, Pollution Abatement & Control, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

Mission: The catawba riverkeeper foundation advocates for the health, protection and enjoyment of the catawba river watershed.

Programs: Riverkeeper program water efficiency: advocating water efficiency and conservation measures as water supply development opposed to dam construction and stream inundation. Environmental justice: identifying and informing the public of heavy metal and polychlorinated biphenyls contamination in water, sediment and fish tissue. Litigation: challenging polluters who violate water quality standards by discharging bacteria, metals and chemicals illegally to public water bodies. Drinking water protection: coordinating take-back events for expired and unused medications with local law enforcement officers. Environmental education: leading educational kayaking programs for youth enrolled with boys and girls clubs and the salvation army. Youth kayak program in partnership with boys and girls clubs, and other youth organizations. Youth education programs in partnership with ymca, scouting organizations and local schools. Partnership with union of concerned scientists and southern alliance for clean energy and water in a warming world project to disseminate information about interconnection between the generation of electricity and water use. Covekeeper, water watch and muddy water watch programs monitor and report pollution problems throughout the basin. Challenging the construction of new reservoir by the catawba river water supply project. Led fight to prevent renewal of permit for tega cay water services until upgrades were made to prevent discharge of untreated sewage. Led the fight to limit interbasin transfers, including monitoring compliance with settlement in litigation against proposed transfer by concord-kannapolis. Organized and participated in operation medicine cabinet events to keep medicines out of our water in partnership with waterkeepers carolina and local law enforcement officials. Organized riversweep cleanup of lake wylie that involved over 1,000 volunteers and removed over 40 tons of trash. Participated in big sweep cleanups and organized other cleanup events at other locations in the basin. Organized coal ash project to reduce the threat to drinking water supplies from coal ash ponds (in partnership with southern environmental law center and the north carolina conservation network). Fecal coli form sampling program. Family eco-tours. Fish, water and sediment sampling program that led to issuance of fish advisories for unsafe concentrations of pcbs and heavy metals.

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Rating: 5

Please read all of this. I work for the Catawba River Keeper Foundation. I am amazed with what one small nonprofit can accomplish. These hardworking, dedicated people, in the the face of bureaucracy that doesn't care, have already moved Mount Everest. They put themselves on the important "accomplishment map" by winning a lawsuit over state water rights in Supreme Court. Self-sacrifice and, commitment doesn't stop them when it would others. I marvel what small nonprofit has accomplished in spite the of little money they have. I see it in their values and their visions in what they see needs to be done. Oh, I forgot to tell you in the last ten years we were number one as the most endangered river.

If you want to check out their website at www.catawabariverkeeperfoundation.org you will see what I mean.

Top reasons I see Catawba River Foundation as a special place to volunteer:

This year the Catawba River is #6 and twice in the last ten years # 1 as the most endangered river in the United States.

The Supreme Court ruled in a landmark case South Carolina versus North Carolina and established that a state cannot divert water out of a river basin to the detriment of wild life, fauna, including the endangered Spider Lilly living in the South Carolina Catawba River. The Catawba River once was dry and now South Carolina Catawba River has water.

They currently are litigating a case in court to rid unlined coal ash ponds that includes site cleanup. These sites are leaking toxic chemicals into the ground and lake drinking water for over a million people. Their lawsuit, one of five, is the most comprehensive. Unlike the State of South Carolina, the Catawba River Foundation suit requires that all coal ash sites will be cleaned by Duke Energy.

They give back to the community by giving talks to community groups, educating people to be the eyes, that watch over the lake and shorelines for sewage spills, garbage dumping and construction sites that allow soil runoff into our rivers and lakes.

Every year they sponsor cleanups along the river and lakes. They haul tons of trash out of the lakes and river each year.

If could I would give them ten stars instead of five. The Catawba River Foundation is an unsung hero.

Can you help us clean up the Catawba River? I have only told you our most main pressing concerns. There are so many problems. Donating on our safe website at www.catawbariverkeeper.org the old lady river would be so happy. She needs tender loving care and so much more. All of her critters would say thank you whenever they took a drink. If everybody that reads this it would donate one dollar or more if you wish and can, it would really help us so we could do more for our wildlife and our community.

Thanks so much. It will really mean a lot.

They give back to the youth and adults through their kayaking programs. They hold Fall Leaf and Spring Spider Lily kayak tours.Youth including disadvantage youth, sometimes for first time see what is like to be in a kayak. This includes classes about water safety, environmental issues affecting the Catawba, and the hands on science with how to test water samples.
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