NC Waterkeepers

The Waterkeepers Carolina organization is a member group of the Waterkeeper Alliance that is comprised of waterkeepers who strive to protect the waterways of North Carolina. Individual watersheds in the state of North Carolina are each assigned a “Riverkeeper” that serves as an ecological expert and educational resource for schools and local government. They also perform water quality testing, in addition to patrolling the waterways and reporting violations of water quality regulations to the appropriate regulatory agencies. Other tasks include organizing clean-up events and stream and shoreline restoration projects. To learn more, check out their website.

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Emily Sutton

Emily Sutton

Haw Riverkeeper

For Emily Sutton, being a part of the Waterkeepers Carolina organization as the Haw Riverkeeper allows her to be in her happy place: a boat.

Brandon Jones

Brandon Jones

Catawba Riverkeeper

In his role as a riverkeeper, Jones completes collects water samples, reads reports, and more to focus on threats North Carolina's clean waters.

Cara Schildtknecht

Cara Schildtknecht

Waccamaw Riverkeeper

Working with volunteers is one of Cara Schildtknecht’s favorite parts of being a riverkeeper.