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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!

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.

June 18, 2020

Introducing our Virtual CLEAN Field Trips & Programs

Calling all teachers, parents, camp counselors, youth leaders: add a virtual river experience to your summer camps and school classes!

Since 1996, the CLEAN program has safely taken over 38,500 Alabama students to the Cahaba River. Through our CLEAN Virtual Learning Resource Library, we are bringing these valuable learning resources to an even wider audience by making them accessible online

June 10, 2020

Cahaba River Ramble Virtual Race – postponed until Summer 2020

After much heartfelt discussion, our Junior Board has decided to postpone the Cahaba River Ramble 2020 Virtual Race. In light of current events, they feel it is important to undertake a restructuring that will allow the run to have a meaningful impact in addressing systemic racism and promoting equitable access to nature for all people.

June 04, 2020

Statement of Solidarity Against Racism

We are listening to and sharing in the pain, anger, frustration, hope, and calls for urgent action on racial justice and systemic reform that are being expressed in public protests here and nationwide. We must address the damage caused by the systemic racism that has been laid bare by inequitable health and income impacts, and

May 05, 2020

Cahaba River Society and Black Belt Citizens partner to bring water donations to Uniontown, AL

The Covid-19 crisis is causing the most harm to minority and low income communities, exposing deep inequities in our society. One reason is lack of access to clean, affordable water.

Cahaba River Society was glad last week when Adam Johnston, Coordinator with Black Belt Citizens Fighting for Health and Justice, reached out for help finding water donations for Uniontown residents. This economically-disenfranchised Black Belt community is struggling with multiple environmental justice issues that degrade health, quality of life, and economic potential, such as a coal ash landfill and failing sewage treatment system.