Cahaba River Society

unites the community around the protection
and restoration of the Cahaba River.

Inspiring River Stewardship:

Education, Recreation, Volunteer Service Projects

Restore the River:

Clean Water, Green Infrastructure, Natural Flows, Biodiversity

Build Our Impact:

Celebration, Communication, Collaboration

A Great Diversity of Life

depends on the Cahaba River

with Alabama’s longest remaining stretch of free-flowing river, the primary drinking water source
for one-fifth of the state’s people in the Birmingham metro area, and a treasure of biological diversity
of national and global importance.

Cahaba River Society is an educator, expert resource, and collaborative partner working to protect and restore the Cahaba River watershed and its rich diversity of life.

The Cahaba River is vitally important to the communities in its watershed, including parts of Alabama's Jefferson, Shelby, Bibb, Perry and Dallas Counties. The Cahaba is also the main drinking water source for the Birmingham Water Works Board service area, which serves about one-fifth of Alabamians. This “peopleshed” of residents and businesses who depend upon the Cahaba River encompasses over a million people.

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What we do

Founded in 1988, our mission is to restore and protect the Cahaba River Watershed and its rich diversity of life. We impact our central Alabama watershed, the Birmingham metro area, and policy at the state, regional, and national level. Our programs achieve three goals:

Inspiring River Stewardship • Restoring the River • Building Our Impact

OUR GOALS

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Latest News

We hope you’ll join the movement to protect the Cahaba on Giving Tuesday.

We hope you’ll join the movement to protect the Cahaba on Giving Tuesday.

A recent documentary by the Tangible Hope Project highlights the amazing biodiversity of the Cahaba River and our educational work to…

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Dr. Randy Haddock retiring, CRS will hire new River Sustainability Director

Dr. Randy Haddock retiring, CRS will hire new River Sustainability Director

Our beloved Field Director, Dr. Randy Haddock, is retiring at the end of November. Randy is known as one of the South’s premiere…

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Cahaba Current: October 2020

Cahaba Current: October 2020

Protecting drinking water lands, a proposed quarry in Clay, a proposed prison in Brierfield--find out about emerging threats to your…

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Dams impact crayfish assemblages and genetic structure.

Dams impact crayfish assemblages and genetic structure.

By Zanethia Choice Barnett, PhD Research Fisheries Biologist CBHR Dive Safety Officer Forest Service Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research Southern…

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Help us to restore and protect the Cahaba River watershed and its rich diversity of life.