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.
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.” […]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 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 [...]
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. [...]
On September 30, 2015, the US Army Corps of Engineers published a notice of intent to identify a list of federal water resource development projects for deauthorization in accordance with section 6001(c) of the Water [...]
Merry Christmas and our hope for a happy 2016. Update on CARIA and important dates on the 2016 schedule: CARIA has moved its office to Whitley Hall at Troy University Montgomery, 231 Montgomery Street, Suite [...]