News

December 01, 2020

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 help protect it. Watch the film below for a heartwarming interview with Environmental Science Educator La’Tanya Scott about her work to show people their power to protect their waterways. Director/Producer, Jonathan David Martin takes us

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.