Releases

March 08, 2021

PROTECTING YOUR DRINKING WATER: Cahaba River Society & Cahaba Riverkeeper, represented by Southern Environmental Law Center, file legal action to permanently protect Birmingham Water Board lands

On Monday, March 8, 2021, CRS and partners filed a legal action to ensure that the Birmingham Water Works Board fulfills a 20-year-old commitment they made to permanently protect their forested lands around the Cahaba River, Lake Purdy, and Little Cahaba River, a main drinking water source for the Birmingham metro area. If Cahaba water is degraded

Cahaba River Drinking Water
March 08, 2021

Groups Ask Court to Permanently Protect Land Held by Birmingham Water Works Board

For Immediate Release: March 8, 2021   Contact: David Butler, Cahaba Riverkeeper, [email protected], 205-874-5623 Beth Stewart, Cahaba River Society, [email protected], 205-532-3080 Emily Driscoll, Southern Environmental Law Center, [email protected], 404-641-8108   Birmingham, AL— Cahaba Riverkeeper and Cahaba River Society, represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, have filed a challenge in Jefferson County Circuit Court against

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.

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