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Cahaba Connections Conference – photo courtesy of the Cahaba Environmental Center

Here is your chance to spend a day making a difference.

Citizens and organizations throughout the Cahaba River Watershed are coming together this Friday, August 4th to attend the 2nd Cahaba Connections Conference at the Living River Retreat and Environmental Education Center – which is 12 miles outside Montevallo.

Cahaba Connections will provide an opportunity to:

  •  Learn about the current state of the river.
  •  Hear about the work being done to protect and restore the Cahaba.
  •  Discuss ideas for creatively meeting the challenges facing the river.  
  •  Network and explore collaborative opportunities for working together.
Register for Cahaba Connections – HERE 


“The Cahaba Connections Conference is so exciting to me because it’s all about just that, connections,” stated Kim Hall, Director of the Cahaba Environmental Center (CEC). “We are bringing together nonprofits, government agencies, businesses, and local citizens.”

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Cahaba Connections Conference – Photo from Cahaba Environmental Center

The conference begins at 9:00 a.m. with registration and orientation. Guest speakers in the morning will include the Cahaba River Society’s Beth Stewart and Randy Haddock. Cahaba Riverkeeper’s David Butler and Myra Crawford are also scheduled to make presentations before noon.

In the afternoon, after lunch, there will be a discussion about the future of the Cahaba River Watershed led by Brian Rushing (Cahaba Blueway) on recreation and the CEC’s Kim Hall and the Cahaba River Society’s Gordon Black on education.

The Nature Conservancy’s Jason Throneberry will then facilitate a panel discussion with representatives from the City of Birmingham, Nature Conservancy and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management.

The day will conclude with breakout groups and discussions about potential collaboration amongst the participants.

These groups may not seem like they have a lot in common, but we all care about one thing – the Cahaba River. It is inspiring to see all these people rally around one of Alabama’s greatest treasures,” Hall concluded.

Pat Byington
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.

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