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.

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 [...]

Drought Conditions Dictate Change in Alabama Power’s Reservoir Management Plan

By | September 13th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

Drought conditions are dictating a change in Alabama Power Company's reservoir management plan throughout the Coosa, Tallapoosa, and Black Warrior River systems.  Below is a report published by Yellowhammer News about how water levels at Weiss, Neely [...]

Weekly Drought Update

By | September 8th, 2016|

Seems this summer has been a little hotter and drier than the norm historically.  Not quite as bad as 2006-2007, still "hot and dry" gets  your attention, and the northern part of Georgia and the northeastern [...]

The Alabama Sturgeon – does it still exist?

By | August 17th, 2016|

The University of West Florida has posted a YouTube video claiming to have found DNA from the Alabama sturgeon in the waters of the Alabama River.  Using a technique called E-DNA, a team of biologists and [...]

A New Way to Collect Fuel Tax?

By | August 12th, 2016|

(An aerial photograph of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) sector gate and barge gate opening at the IHNC Surge Barrier. The GIWW is among the waterways on which vessel operators are required to pay fuel [...]

PACE Blog: Brexit presents economic opportunity for U.S. wood energy exports

By | August 2nd, 2016|

Alabama's forestry industry is a major economic asset for the state and fast coming to the forefront is the export of wood energy products, such as wood pellets, which are derived from low-grade wood fiber [...]