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.
Does the President's mention of infrastructure in his inaugural address mean there's hope for waterway projects in Alabama? Well, so far there's no direct indication, but there is eternal hope as the US House of [...]
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) [...]
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 [...]
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 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 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 [...]
"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, [...]
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 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 [...]
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 [...]