CATAWBA RIVERKEEPER FOUNDATION (CRF)
The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation is the non-profit Catawba River watchdog organization whose mission is to advocate for the protection and enhancement of the Catawba River "so that it will always sustain the human and wildlife populations that depend on it for life." It operates in the fourteen counties of the Catawba River watershed in North and South Carolina. See www.catawbariverkeeper.org.
Lake Wylie Covekeepers is a program of the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation. Covekeepers are volunteers who are part of a network of Covekeepers at other lakes along the Catawba River. They are trained to patrol the river to monitor and address environmental problems in partnership with local enforcement agencies and to advocate for the protection and preservation of the river. For more information, call 704-679-9494 or visit www.catawbariverkeeper.org.
BUFFERS / RIPARIAN ZONES
Riparian buffers refer to forested or vegetated strips of land that border creeks, rivers and lakes for the purposes of water quality and ecological protection. Lake Wylie has documented water quality problems from excessive nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorus) and run-off pollution. Establishing and enforcing riparian buffer ordinances are a vital way to protect the Catawba River and its lakes from runoff pollution, particularly from new development. There are rules in place to protect this 50' buffer.
North Carolina Riparian Buffer Rules
South Carolina Riparian Buffer Rules
York County, SC Buffer Ordinance
Duke Energy’s Shoreline Management Brochure