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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.

Happy Thanksgiving from CARIA

By | November 23rd, 2016|

We as a nation have a lot to be thankful for.  Count your blessings this Thanksgiving and work to make our country even greater. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

ACF Water Battle in Court – – in Maine

By | November 1st, 2016|Tags: , , , , |

The "Water Wars" between the states of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia have been ongoing three decades without resolution.  The dispute is over how much water each state is entitled to in both the Alabama-Coosa-Tallapoosa (ACT) [...]

USDOT Awards Grants for Five COB Projects

By | October 28th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

From Workboat magazine: Creative Commons photo by Bjoertvedt The US Department of Transportation has announced that it has awarded $4.85 million in grants to six Marine Highway projects along the waterways of 17 states and [...]

Drought Persists across Southeast

By | October 28th, 2016|

Outlook for any relief from drought conditions is dim across much of the Southeast over the next few weeks.  According to the National Weather Center's Climate Prediction Center , exceptional drought conditions, the most severe on [...]

Mobile District puts “EB Wallace” up for sale.

By | October 26th, 2016|

Mobile District of the US Army Corps of Engineers has put its retired survey vessel, "EB Wallace," up for sale.  To view and/or place a bid for the EB Wallace, please go Then click on [...]

Drought Lingers

By | October 13th, 2016|

Drought conditions in the Southeast continue, especially for northern Georgia, northern Alabama, southeastern Tennessee, and the western parts of South and North Carolina.  The Climate Prediction Center of the National Weather Service sees drought conditions [...]

Matthew is pounding the East Coast, but our drought is intensifying

By | October 6th, 2016|Tags: , , |

As of today, October 6, hurricane Matthew is closing in on Florida with Georgia and the Carolinas in its sight.  15-20 inches of rain are forecast in addition to 110-120 mph winds, by any measure a [...]

Not enough containers to fill ocean shipping capacity

By | September 28th, 2016|

"Too many ships and not enough demand" captured the point of an article on AL.com this week.  Referring to the bankruptcy filing earlier this month by the Hanjin Shipping Co., one of the world's largest shipping companies,  [...]

Drought continues to affect APC reservoirs

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

Based on the latest drought conditions and the forecast of more of the same over the next couple of months, Alabama Power issued a notice last week that, if these drought conditions persist, releases from the Coosa [...]

Crowded waterways pose safety risks

By | September 14th, 2016|

Alabama has a wealth of waterways on which both commercial and recreational vessels are free to operate.  The September 13 edition of Workboat magazine features an article by columnist Captain Alan Bernstein about water safety when those mariners [...]