For over 25 years the Charlotte region has been plagued with chronic air quality problems caused by emissions from coal plants, vehicles and industry. The American Lung Association’s annual State of the Air report routinely gives an “F” to the Charlotte-metro region for its high ozone levels.
The Catawba River, the source of our drinking water, has been designated as one of America’s most endangered rivers three times. In 2013, the river ranked #5 because of the number of coal plants along its banks storing toxic waste in unlined coal ash ponds threatening the water supply.
The Clean Air Carolina and Catawba Riverkeeper Alliance brings together two watchdog organizations keeping an eye on the safety of our air and water quality, and engaging the community in the protection of these essential natural resources.
Clean Air Carolina
Clean Air Carolina works to ensure cleaner air quality for all North Carolinians through education and advocacy and by working with our partners to reduce sources of pollution. Established in 2003, it is a statewide 501(c)(3) organization based in Charlotte with a satellite office in Chapel Hill.
The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation advocates for the health, protection and enjoyment of the Catawba River watershed. Established in 1997, it is an award winning 501(c)(3) non-profit operating in the 24 counties of the Catawba-Wateree River watershed in North and South Carolina.