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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.

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, [...]

USS Montgomery (LCS 8) Christened, to be Commissioned in September

By | May 16th, 2016|

The US Navy's newest littoral combat ship, the USS Montgomery, was recently christened and, in an announcement at a press conference on May 12, we learned the craft will be commissioned on September 10 in [...]

CARIA Elects New Board of Directors

By | April 21st, 2016|Tags: , , |

  CARIA Elects New Board of Directors for 2016-2017 The Coosa-Alabama River Improvement Association has elected a new Board of Directors for the next year.  After 19 years as Chairman, Ralph O. Clemens, Jr. relinquished that position to [...]

Alabama Power Company Begins Operating Under New FERC License for Martin Dam

By | January 21st, 2016|

Under a license from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued on December 17, 2015, and after a 30-day comment period, Alabama Power Company began operating today under new guidelines for reservoir management at Lake Martin. [...]

CARIA Comments on CNRP

By | January 5th, 2016|

On September 30, 2015, the US Army Corps of Engineers published a notice of intent to identify a list of federal water resource development projects for deauthorization in accordance with section 6001(c) of the Water [...]

CARIA Update

By | December 16th, 2015|

Merry Christmas and our hope for a happy 2016. Update on CARIA and important dates on the 2016 schedule: CARIA has moved its office to Whitley Hall at Troy University Montgomery, 231 Montgomery Street, Suite [...]