Welcome to the Coosa Alabama River Improvement Association

Welcome to the Coosa-Alabama River Improvement Association, Inc. We are a not-for-profit organization that believes in promoting the multipurpose use of waterways while protecting the ecological health of our river basins: the Alabama, the Coosa, and the Tallapoosa. CARIA was founded in 1890 by a group of Gadsden businessmen to promote river traffic between Gadsden and Rome, Georgia on the Coosa River.

If you believe, as we do, that our society can have both economic development and protection for our ecology, then you should be interested in what our Association is doing. If you consider any of the following to be true, then CARIA is for you and we encourage you to join us.

  • Economic development should be carried out with the environment in mind
  • Waterways should be developed for human activity with a balanced, reasonable approach and understanding of the costs involved
  • Barges are the safest, most efficient, most environmentally friendly of all modes of transportation
  • Our rivers provide opportunities across a wide spectrum of activities

We launched our new website in April 2016 and will continue to add updates and more details.

Mobile District Change of Command

By | June 24th, 2016|

News release of June 23, 2016, from Mobile District of the US Army Corps of Engineers. COL James A. DeLapp assumed command as the 52nd District Engineer in the history of the Mobile District, U.S. [...]

Lack of Rain Invokes Drought Plan

By | June 24th, 2016|

Alabama Power Company has issued a notice that below-average rainfall over the last few months is triggering the Alabama-ACT Drought Response Operating Plan (ADROP).  Beginning Monday, June 27, flow releases from the Coosa and Tallapoosa Rivers into [...]

AL and FL Senators Say Congress Should Act in ACT/ACF Water Dispute

By | May 23rd, 2016|Tags: , , |

Alabama and Florida Senators have signed a letter to the Senate leadership saying the “decades-long dispute” between the states of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia “does not seem to be any closer than when it began,”  and urged Congress “to follow through with its prior commitment to facilitate a solution between the states.” […]

USS Montgomery (LCS 8) Christened, to be Commissioned in September

By | May 16th, 2016|

The US Navy's newest littoral combat ship, the USS Montgomery, was recently christened and, in an announcement at a press conference on May 12, we learned the craft will be commissioned on September 10 in [...]

Senate EPW Committee passes draft 2016 WRDA bill

By | May 10th, 2016|Tags: |

The US Senate Energy and Public Works Committee has passed a draft 2016 Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA). WRDA is the bill that authorizes projects and modifies policies relating to the U.S. Army Corps of [...]

Tenn-Tom Names New Administrator

By | May 5th, 2016|Tags: , |

  The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority has named Mitchell "Mitch" Mays as its new Administrator, replacing Craig Stepan.  Mays will also act as the President of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Council, which has the responsibility of [...]

Speaker Presentations at 2016 CARIA Annual Meeting

By | April 26th, 2016|Tags: , , |

All speaker presentations at the CARIA 2016 Annual Meeting  have not yet been uploaded, but here are a few. […]

CARIA Elects New Board of Directors

By | April 21st, 2016|Tags: , , |

  CARIA Elects New Board of Directors for 2016-2017 The Coosa-Alabama River Improvement Association has elected a new Board of Directors for the next year.  After 19 years as Chairman, Ralph O. Clemens, Jr. relinquished that position to [...]

CARIA Annual Meeting

By | April 20th, 2016|

CARIA Annual Meeting Packed with Baseball, Networking, and Information The Coosa-Alabama River Improvement Association held its 2016 annual membership meeting last week and, based on on-site feedback, was a success.  Starting off on Thursday evening [...]

Alabama Power Company Begins Operating Under New FERC License for Martin Dam

By | January 21st, 2016|

Under a license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued on December 17, 2015, and after a 30-day comment period, Alabama Power Company began operating today under new guidelines for reservoir management at Lake Martin. [...]