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.
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 [...]
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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 [...]
(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 [...]
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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 [...]