Releases

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

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.

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 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

April 30, 2020

Support Cahaba River Society on #GivingTuesdayNow

We are so grateful to amazing supporters like YOU who are looking for ways to help protect our river, our drinking water and our communities during COVID-19. Clean water is essential during a community health crisis, and with so many challenges and so much uncertainty before us, your gift at this time would help us rise to meet those challenges.

April 22, 2020

Earth Day message from Executive Director Beth Stewart

I’m Beth Stewart, executive director of Cahaba River Society. We hope that you, your family, and the people you care about are safe and well.

We want to share with you what your Cahaba River Society team is getting done during social distancing, and ways you can help.

As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day, we are more aware than ever of the need to educate and empower young leaders, representing the full diversity of our communities, who will take up the charge to address environmental issues on a local and global scale. We are proud to have brought over 38,500 youth into the River for hands-on environmental education.