The Catawba-Wateree River was originally home to the Catawba Indian Tribe, self-identified “people of the river” and the Wateree Tribe, whose name comes from a Catawban word meaning “to float on the water.” Today the Catawba-Wateree basin is the home of approximately 2 million people. The Catawba-Wateree River flows for approximately 320 miles from its headwaters in the North Carolina mountains to the confluence with the Congaree River in Lake Marion. The headwaters of the Catawba River extend from the slopes of Grandfather Mountain, near Blowing Rock, to the mountains near Ridgecrest, North Carolina. The basin includes approximately 5000 miles of waterways and it includes portions of 24 counties in two states (North Carolina and South Carolina).
Brandon is a native of Gastonia. For his undergraduate degree he attended UNC-Chapel Hill and earned a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Environmental Science. He is currently in graduate school at UNC Charlotte where he will be defending this semester for his M.S. in Earth Science. For the last 11 years he has been a river guide, primarily at the Whitewater Center and on the Arkansas River in Colorado. Brandon joined CRF in August of 2017 as the Director of Technical Programs.
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