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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 [...]

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 [...]