Just two years ago The Catawba River Foundation had zero dollars, zero
members, zero volunteers, no Riverkeeper(R),
no staff, and no patrol boat. Today, the Foundation has a ninety thousand dollar budge, over 400 members, 184 volunteers, 3 staff people, one Riverkeeper(R) and two patrol boats. We have also just received a thirty thousand dollar grant for the purchase
of sophisticated, state of the art water quality monitoring equipment.
Since you are an integral part of a larger organization, when you speak
for clean water, your voice will count and you will
be heard. We will make a difference for Lake Norman for future generations.
Attendance at monthly Covekeeper training.
Willingness to learn about the nature of the river/lake environment.
Ability to problem solve and follow through to resolution pollution
issues in your adopted cove with the assistance of the
Riverkeeper(R) and/or Lakekeeper.
A boat or vehicle.
Honesty and Integrity.
Determination and persistence.
1986 Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. became Chief Prosecuting Attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper(R)
1987 Pace University Law Clinic forms partnership with Hudson Riverkeeper(R).
1988-1992 Other Keeper Programs established:
1998 Catawba Riverkeeper(R) established on the Catawba River by the Catawba River Foundation, Inc.
Currently there are 35 River, Sound or Baykeepers in the World.
The Catawba Riverkeeper(R) was the 21st in the Nation,
3rd in NC and 1st in SC.
The LN and LW Marine Commissions form the Catawba River foundation to sponsor a Riverkeeper
CRF licensed by the National Alliance of River, Sound and Baykeepers to keep all 225 miles of the Catawba River from headwaters to the Dam at Lake Wateree.
Jan 1, 1998
Donna Lisenby hired as Catawba's first and only Riverkeeper(R)
Volunteer Keeper Program begins at Lake Wylie.
Volunteer Keeper Program begins on Lake Norman.
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