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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.

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 [...]

Port of Greater Baton Rouge Using Containers on Barge

By | July 29th, 2016|Tags: , , , |

Containers on Barge (COB) has been long touted as one of the ways movement of goods on our inland waterways can be made efficient, safely, and environmentally friendly.  Read this article from the Inland Rives [...]

Waterways have excess capacity to move cargo

By | July 25th, 2016|Tags: , , |

A July 23 article from the The Vicksburg Post describes how the the nation is not using the capacity available on our inland waterways to move freight, and, as a result we are not seizing an opportunity to reduce the ever-increasing congestion [...]

Enjoy Alabama’s State Parks This Summer

By | July 15th, 2016|

Image above is the Logo of ADCNR Newsletter - July 2016 Alabama's State Parks system has seen its ups and downs over the past few years, but the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is [...]

German Auto Supplier to invest $37.9 million and create 235 jobs in Montgomery

By | July 13th, 2016|

Officials break ground on new auto supplier plant   (Image: Alabama News Center) The following article taken from Yellowhammer News announces a German auto supplier has broken ground in Montgomery's Industrial Park on an investment of $37.9 million, [...]