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Annual Meeting 2022: Water Equity and Climate Change: CRS Focus and Actions

Join us for our annual meeting online via Zoom!

When: February 3, 2022, Noon-1:00pm

Celebrate Education Director Gordon Black on his retirement from 15 years of service connecting students and teachers with the Cahaba River!


Noon – 1:30 PM
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There is no cost to attend, but registration is required!
Climate Impacts & Resiliency
We will hear from CRS Board member Dr. Jim McClintock, renowned researcher, explorer, and Antarctic scientist,  about climate impacts, and River Sustainability Director Ben Wegleitner will discuss what we must do to ensure resilience for Alabama’s environment, rivers, and drinking water.
Water Equity Voices
Hear from members of the CRS Equity Diversity & Inclusion Committee, who have been learning about the pressing water equity issues in the Cahaba peopleshed (Jefferson, Shelby, Bibb, Perry and Dallas County) towards guiding CRS’s work.

Meet and elect our new slate of board members!

Reverend John Burruss
The Reverend John Burruss is the rector of Saint Stephen’s Episcopal Church. He is demonstratively dedicated to the stewardship of the environment, placing care of creation at the center of the Church’s values, and has elevated outreach in environmental ethics in our communities at large.
Direcus Cooper
Direcus Cooper, Storm Water Program Manager / City of Birmingham, is an engineer (Auburn BS and UAB M.Eng.). He is a green infrastructure promoter, a key figure in water equity for the City of Birmingham, and an effective practitioner of collaboration.
Meg Ford
Meg is the Black Belt Coordinator for Alabama Audubon and has been building a network of relationships there that she has shared with us for CLEAN. She leads the coalition to restore Perry Lakes Park and organized the successful Black Belt Birding Festival. She was has been an environmental educator with Ruffner Mountain and Camp McDowell. Meg has been consistently active on our Junior Board, and staff and Board love working with her. She is an insightful, valued member of our EDI Committee. Meg is a violinist and connected in the music community.
Craig Neely
Craig is Vice President and Treasurer, Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED and has been employed by the company since 2004. He is a Certified Public Account and previously worked in public accounting for Arthur Andersen and KPMG. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama. Craig is currently involved in the 1st and 10 Club supporting University of Alabama athlete’s career aspirations and is past Treasurer of the Vestavia Hills City Schools Foundation as well as past Chairman of the Board of Directors for Easter Seals of the Birmingham Area. Craig and his wife, Caroline, have two sons, Fletcher and Foxx, and live in Vestavia Hills, AL. Craig’s hobbies include attending his sons’ sporting events, golfing, camping, snow skiing and mountain biking.
Raquel Vasquez
Raquel is currently the Operations Director at ¡HICA!  (Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama), a community development and advocacy organization that champions economic equality, civic engagement, and social justice for Latino and immigrant families in Alabama She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Business Administration. She also brings 20 years of combined corporate and organizational management and technological experience. She is a native of Texas but calls Alabama home along with her husband and dog. Raquel likes playing in rivers, practicing yoga, reading, photography, hiking and camping.
Adam Vines
Adam Vines, UAB Associate Professor of English, is an accomplished poet, and one of his strongest areas of expertise is eco-poetry. He has floated many a river, is a naturalist, and a highly skilled fisherman. His educational outreach efforts are substantial and his connections with the literary world and science communications skills will be a strong asset to the CRS Board. He was raised in Walker County coal country and has written about that environmental degradation.
There is no cost to attend, but registration is required!

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