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Cahaba River Society Updates, News, & Events
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JULY 2019
Mark your calendar for the 10th annual Cahaba River Fry-Down on October 6! Applications for sponsors and Fry Teams are being accepted NOW. Visit FryDown.com for details!
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Young environmental leaders launch new Cahaba River Society Junior Board

Prospective Junior Board Members attended a Meet & Greet at Rojo.
Cahaba River Society is seeking energetic young leaders to form a junior board that will work to bring volunteer energy to advocacy, stewardship, and events and diversify Cahaba River Society's leadership. We hosted a meet & greet for prospective members at Rojo. (Thank you to Rojo!) We were thrilled at the interest of the crowd, which included participants from a wide range of ages and interests, from young professionals to high school students.

If you or someone you know might be interested in learning more about the Cahaba River Society junior board, contact La'Tanya Scott at latanyas@cahabariversociety.org or 205-322-5326 x 413.

You can now report invasive wild taro 

Wild taro is invading the Cahaba River's banks and shoals, threatening native plants such as American water willow and the Cahaba lily, which provide spawning habitats for a large number of aquatic species. For the past several years, Cahaba River Society has been working to combat the spread of these damaging plants with a multi-faceted approach that includes removal projects and a public education campaign. 
Dr. Randy Haddock, Cahaba River Society Field Director, paddles near invasive wild taro plants.
Through a partnership with Samford's Department of Geography and Sociology, Cahaba River Society has developed a reporting system for invasive wild taro spottings. The reporting system is being used to map and track the spread of these invasive plants and the success of the different removal methods that we are testing.
Report an Invasive Taro Sighting
View the map below to see locations of reported taro and click to see zoom in and see details.

Alabama wants to know: what do you think of ADEM Director Lance LeFleur's job performance? 

The Alabama Environmental Management Commission is asking for feedback about Director Lance LeFleur’s job performance as the leader of the Department of Environmental Management (ADEM). Cahaba River Society has deep concerns about Director LeFleur's performance (see Eastern Area Landfill article below as one example). We are drafting our comments, which will be shared soon.

Here is an important message from our partners at Alabama Rivers Alliance about the need for public involvement in this process:

It is crucial for members of the public to communicate their comments, concerns, and observations about Director LeFleur’s leadership of ADEM over the past year.

We cannot tell your stories the way YOU can.

Please take a moment to tell the Commission how ADEM and Director LeFleur have affected the water, air or land in your community.

ADEM’s purpose is “to respond in an efficient, comprehensive and coordinated manner to environmental problems, and thereby assure for all citizens of the state a safe, healthful and productive environment.”

As director of ADEM, LeFleur is responsible for advancing the agency’s duties, which include:

  • providing for timely resolution of permitting actions
  • improving services to the citizens of the state,
  • protecting human health and safety
  • insuring that government is responsive to the needs of the people and sufficiently flexible to meet changing conditions
Do you think Director LeFleur has carried out this mission and accomplished these duties? 
Click to send your comments

Eastern Area Landfill Update:
Permit approved despite concerns

The City of Birmingham owns a landfill that handles municipal waste from the eastern half of their city, but is located adjacent to Trussville, near Pinchgut Creek, the Highway 11 commercial corridor, residences, and a school.

Trussville is deeply concerned about Birmingham’s effort to expand the landfill, and reached out to Cahaba River Society for help reviewing and commenting on the expansion permit application. The investigation by Dr. Randy Haddock, field director, revealed some serious concerns.

Through a diligent effort, Dr. Haddock discovered what had been missed by the applicant engineering firm and ADEM: the map showing the location of the landfill was wrong.

Randy found that the landfill would be located on the karst geology that recharges the City of Trussville's drinking water wells.

Despite this and concerns from a state legislator and Trussville officials, ADEM approved the permit recently, calling the concern that the mapped location of the landfill was inaccurate a minor issue and claiming that the landfill liner would prevent aquifer contamination.

Welcome to our Summer Interns

Jorge Luis Santos 
Jorge is a senior at UAB majoring in Public Health and going into Occupational Health and Safety. He assists with the Cahaba River Society's efforts at invasive plant eradication and stream bank restoration. He is originally from Dallas, TX and now resides in Calera, Al. Jorge is also a part of the Alabama National Guard and UAB Army ROTC where he gains valuable leadership experience. Jorge loves being in the outdoors enjoying the scenery while hiking. 
 
Hannah Thompson 
Hannah assists in the coordination of streambank restoration, research, and native plant propagation. Currently, Hannah is enrolled as an undergraduate Biology major and mathematics minor at Samford University, where she studies plants, works as a writing tutor, and rows for the crew team. Although in her younger years Hannah had plans of becoming a cranberry farmer (standing in a pool of cranberries simply looked like too much fun to pass up), she first entered college resolved to join the medical world as a therapist. Nevertheless, her curiosity for natural wonders, care for the land and the people who live on it, and keen fondness for all things plant-related, has redirected her path towards the botanical field. Hannah intends to cultivate both plants and community throughout her internship with Cahaba River Society and beyond.
 

Cahaba Brewing Goodwill Game Nights Benefiting Cahaba River Society

Wednesdays August 7, 14, 21 and 28 │ Cahaba Brewing, 4500 5th Ave S, Birmingham, AL 35222

Throughout the month of August, Cahaba Brewing will host Wednesday Game Nights with 10% of all beer sales donated to Cahaba River Society! Game nights are family friendly and dog friendly and food is available from food trucks on site.  

August 7, 7pm: Adult Spelling Bee
August 14, 7pm: Bingo
August 21, 6-8pm: Beer Pong
August 28, 7pm: Trivia

Summer and Fall Guided Canoe Tours

Cahaba River Society's guided canoe tours offer an up-close, hands-on experience of the Cahaba unlike any other. Join us for one of these unique adventures. 

Current Cahaba River Society members receive a discount on canoe trips. Need your member discount code? Email membership@cahabariversociety.org to check your membership status and request your code.

August 11, 7:30pm: Sturgeon Moon Trip at Old Highway 280
A moonlit evening on the Cahaba is a delightful, unique, and relaxing way to enjoy a flat water portion of the Cahaba. We usually hear a variety of wildlife, and often see hundreds of glowworms. These outings begin at dusk at the old Highway 280 bridge. We paddle about two hours in the 280 pool and then return to the same place we put in.

September 28: Oxbow Trip to Perry County
This day trip is an all-day adventure to a seldom seen stretch of the Cahaba River. This trip to Perry Lakes Park in south Alabama takes us to a beautiful ox bow lake and cypress swamp formed by a meander in the Cahaba River. There will be ample opportunities to stop, explore, and see the sights. Staff will point out wildlife, seine for fish, and discuss the natural history of wildlife and southern rivers when the critters present themselves. It is not unusual for us to spot resident Bald eagles on these trips.
Book A Guided Canoe Tour

Cahaba River Fry-Down

October 6, 2019│ Noon to 4:00pm

Come down, get down, Fry-Down! Join us for the 10th annual Cahaba River Fry-Down!

We are now accepting applications for Fry Teams and Fry-Down Sponsors! Visit www.FryDown.com for more information!

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