Releases

On April 29 & 30, 2022, over 150 participants joined Cahaba River Society for a BioBlitz at Camp Fletcher, an historic outdoor retreat and nature preserve founded in 1926 by Pauline Bray Fletcher, the first African American registered nurse in Alabama, as a haven for inner city Black children and families to explore nature and the outdoors.
May 17, 2022

Cahaba River Society BioBlitz uncovers 345 different species at historic Camp Fletcher

Over 150 participants recorded over 600 observations of various birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, insects, trees, plants, and other life on the 300-acre Fletcher Nature Preserve at Camp Fletcher, an historic outdoor retreat and nature preserve founded in 1926 by Pauline Bray Fletcher, the first African American registered nurse in Alabama, as a haven for inner city Black children and families to explore nature and the outdoors.

April 22, 2022

Cahaba Current: Earth Day 2022

Today, April 22, 2022, is Earth Day, a time set aside to celebrate the Earth, learn about the environment, and promote conservation. In this edition: Camp Fletcher BioBlitz, Earth Day message from Dr. Jim McClintock, Birmingham Water Works drinking water protection update, upcoming events, and more.

Cahaba River Drinking Water
April 13, 2022

Birmingham Water Works Board and Alabama Attorney General Propose to Void Land Agreement Protecting City’s Drinking Water

PRESS RELEASE from Southern Environmental Law Center | APRIL 13, 2022 Contact: Lam Ho, Communications Manager, Southern Environmental Law Center, phone: 404-521-9900, email: [email protected] Ben Wegleitner, River Sustainability Director, Cahaba River Society, phone: 612-616-4487, email: [email protected] David Butler, Cahaba Riverkeeper, phone 205-874-5623, email: [email protected] BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — In a response filed late last week, the

March 16, 2022

Cahaba Current: March 2022

In this edition: AL Supreme Court rules in favor of protecting Birmingham Water Works Board Lands, Grants Mill Road update, Low Income Household Water Assistance Program coming to AL, Guided Canoe Trips, how you can help turtles this spring, upcoming events, and more.

February 28, 2022

Alabama Supreme Court rules in favor of groups seeking protections for Birmingham Water Works Board land

PRESS RELEASE | FEBRUARY 28, 2022 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled unanimously in favor of Cahaba Riverkeeper, Cahaba River Society, and the Southern Environmental Law Center in their efforts to permanently protect land held by the Birmingham Water Works Board that safeguards a major source of Birmingham’s drinking water. The groups’ lawsuit maintains that

January 11, 2022

Join us for the 2022 Camp Fletcher BioBlitz!

Join us for the 2022 Camp Fletcher BioBlitz!
Find and identify as many different species as possible in one day and enjoy a family event with nature art, nature poetry, and learning about wildlife.
The BioBlitz is a great way to excite kids about science, learn about biodiversity, discover how you can help protect our natural world, and discover Camp Fletcher as a summer camp opportunity for diverse youth.

November 19, 2021

Giving Tuesday 2021: Water Is Life

Cahaba River Society, Alabama Rivers Alliance, Greater Birmingham Ministries and SWEET Alabama are partnering to focus #GivingTuesday efforts to help people in the Birmingham metro area directly impacted by water inequality.

Clean, healthy, affordable drinking water is a human right essential to life — and there are people in our communities who are denied access to this right because they can’t afford to pay high water bills. There are families who have had their water shut off or face that threat – a serious health and economic problem at any time, but especially in a pandemic.

November 09, 2021

Joint Statement From Organizations to the Birmingham Water Works Board Regarding Rate Evaluation Process and Proposed Rate Increase

We recommend the BWWB be proactive in seeking federal funds to meet system needs, to minimize
rate increases on ratepayers, and to factor in potential federal funding already available or in the
approval process as part of your rate evaluations. We urge the Board to research models for water
rates and system financing that ensure equity and encourage water efficiency.

October 14, 2021

Cahaba Current: Flooding spotlights vulnerabilities

The scale of the rainfall on October 6 and the swiftness, level and power of the flooding it caused has been called “unprecedented.” Yet flooding and erosive damage to property and infrastructure has been increasing in our region for years, as development replaces forests and outdated stormwater systems prevent groundwater absorption and send more and more runoff gushing into drains and creeks. In fact, we’ve had two flash flood emergencies just in 2021, and multiple other deluge rains this calendar year.