Cahaba River Society by the numbers

Cahaba River Society’s La’tonya Scott

The Cahaba River Society (CRS) will be holding tomorrow night their annual meeting  (January 26, 5:30) at Rev Birmingham’s Social Venture in Historic Woodlawn.

How did they do in 2016?  This week, Bham Now got a sneak peak of their 2016 Annual Report.

Here are a few of CRS’s 2016 results by the numbers.

Connecting People to the River

Shane Hulsey CLEAN Program – Children Linking with the Environment Across the Nation 

33,600 – Number of students that have participated in CLEAN over 20 years.

2146 – Number of people the CLEAN program served in 2016

39 – Schools and Organization that participated in the 2016 CLEAN program.

79 – CLEAN field and classroom programs in 2016

Cahaba Blueway & Canoe Outings

1 – The first Cahaba Blueway site at Grants Mill was dedicated in 2016.

17 – Cahaba River access sites that need only official Blueway signage and minor work to fully launch the Blueway system.

209 – People who participated in CRS guided canoe trips in 2016.

Promoting Water-Smart Communities

12 – Number of pollution complaints CRS pressed responsible parties to address and resolve.

10 –  Number of  development projects CRS advised and consulted on in 2016. This resulted in the adoption of better river protection and stormwater management plans.

5 – Number of communities over the past two years CRS and their  partners have won improved stormwater protections. The communities?  Shelby County, Alabaster, Pelham, Helena and Trussville.

Growing Our Strength, Partners and Impact

1100+ – Number of people who participated in Cahaba River Society events.

13 – Cahaba River Restoration projects in 2016.

343 – Number of volunteers who participated in 2016 Cahaba River restoration projects.

The Cahaba River Society’s annual meeting is free and open to the public. Along with their annual report, CRS will be honoring people in the community who have worked throughout the year protecting one of the nation’s most biologically significant rivers – the Cahaba River.

Join CRS on Thursday, January 25th, 5:30 at Rev Birmingham’s Social Venture.

 

*Photos from the Cahaba River Society

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.