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Dr. Randy Haddock stands among Cahaba lilies
November 13, 2020

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 river ecologists and biodiversity protectors, and has devoted 30 years to this one extraordinary river. He began as a volunteer paddling guide when CRS first formed and has been Field Director since 1991.

October 29, 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 River and what Cahaba River Society is doing to protect it.

October 29, 2020

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 Research Station Alabama has the most diverse crayfish fauna in the world, with more than 90 native species found in the state. Crayfishes play an important role in stream ecosystems by breaking down plant materials,

September 15, 2020

Watch the 2020 Teams Fry-Down! See the team videos below, and vote for your favorites!

Watch all of this year’s Fry Teams compete via video and learn some new tips, tricks, and recipes! The team that raises the most funds will win the Champion of the Cahaba Award! Support your favorite team(s) with a donation of any amount, and you will get a FREE Fry-Down 2020 digital cookbook delivered to your inbox!

Cahaba River Fry-Down Apron
August 29, 2020

How compete as a Fry Team in #FryDown2020

Competitors can register on the website for a donation of only $50 for a community team (individuals, friends, families and nonprofits) or $200 for a corporate cook team. The deadline for competitors to register ends at midnight on September 2, 2020, and videos must be submitted by September 8, 2020.

August 27, 2020

Cahaba Current: August 2020

With its amazing biodiversity, the Cahaba River is a top destination for anglers. Its fish have been an important food source for Cahaba communities from the earliest Native American inhabitants to the present day. But are they safe to eat?

August 25, 2020

Do you fish in the Cahaba? Here’s what you need to know about where fish is unsafe to eat in 2020.

Do you fish in the Cahaba? Here’s what you need to know about where fish is unsafe to eat in 2020.

Three of these advisories occurred in the Cahaba River, and all of these advisories were due to mercury, an airborne pollutant caused by the burning of fossil fuels, as is done by coal-fired power plants, and the burning of waste.

Fish consumption advisories for the Cahaba River have increased in recent years. In 2016, none of the Cahaba sampling locations detected mercury problems.  In the 2018 and 2019 Fish Consumption Advisories, THREE of FOUR sampling locations detected enough mercury to warrant limitations on consumption.

July 29, 2020

Alabama State Department of Environmental Management’s Nutrient Management Efforts

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) has recently released an interesting presentation about nutrient management for Alabama rivers and lakes that demonstrates much-needed progress in coping with the problem of nutrient pollution. The opening slides of the presentation describe programmatic approaches that have resulted in these impressive improvements.  A short history of the adoption

July 28, 2020

Cahaba River Fry-Down Goes Virtual for 2020

Calling all cooks and home entertainers! Do you have a fish dish that’s sure to please? A wit that wows? The Cahaba River Society is taking its beloved Cahaba River Fry-Down fish-cooking competition virtual for 2020. Chefs will compete by submitting their favorite recipes for fish and side dishes and demonstrating them via videos that will be aired on the Fry-Down website, along with other exciting entertainment, like insider Cahaba fishing tips and Cahaba adventure videos, during the week of September 29-October 4.

July 20, 2020

Cahaba Current: Summer 2020

Read on to find out about our work this Summer. We have new Virtual Creative Writing Workshops, plans for #FryDown2020, Perry Lakes Park, plastics and the pandemic, and some positive policy updates.