Story behind the 833 pound “Giant Pumpkin” that floated down the Cahaba River for clean water (photos)

David Zagardo rowing in the “Giant Pumpkin” down the Cahaba River. Photo courtesy of David Zagardo

Everyone knows the Peanuts story. 

Linus van Pelt waits patiently every Halloween in a pumpkin patch to welcome the Great Pumpkin. According to Linus, when the Great Pumpkin arrives he brings joy and toys to all the children who believe. 

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Sneak peek film screening this Thursday Aug. 2 on how to protect the Cahaba River. Find out why it needs your help now more than ever.

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The historic bridge over the pristine Little Cahaba River has been closed for 25 years. The proposed new road and bridge would introduce traffic and pollution. Photo submitted

This Thursday, Aug. 2, at 6 p.m., the Cahaba River Society hosts a free documentary showing (it’s short!) and Q&A at Avondale Brewery in Birmingham. This sneak peek screening is intended to raise public awareness about the potential impact of a proposed Cahaba Beach Road and bridge project. Get educated, then let ALDOT hear your voice at the public meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Keep reading to learn more, or visit savethecahaba.org.

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Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham supports sustainability and clean water

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Alabama Wildlife Center received a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham in 2017

This week, the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham  announced that it had given out $1.34 million to 36 area nonprofit organizations that focus on improving economic security and further developing sustainable, livable communities in Jefferson, Blount, Shelby, St. Clair and Walker counties.

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River protection groups call for strong rules to notify and protect the public from sewage spills and overflows

Birmingham, Alabama
Cahaba River near Grants Mill Road

This week, Alabama’s leading river protection groups petitioned the Alabama Environmental Management Commission (AEMC) to write regulations requiring sewage treatment facilities to notify the public when they are exposed to sewage spills and overflows.

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Making AirWaves: Good People hosting 6th annual Riverkeeper benefit

From last year’s AirWave festival, via blackwarriorriver.org

The AirWave Festival is back! The festival, scheduled for Saturday, March 25, to benefit local riverkeeper organizations Black Warrior , Coosa, and Cahaba Riverkeeper is hosted again this year by Good People Brewing Company. Continue reading “Making AirWaves: Good People hosting 6th annual Riverkeeper benefit”

State Waterkeeper groups notify state environmental protection agency about non-compliance of new water quality rules

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Alabama’s eight Waterkeeper groups have notified the Alabama Department of Environmental Management that seven sewer plant permits statewide will not be in compliance of the new water quality rules for E. coli that take effect on Friday, February 3rd.

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Cahaba River Society honors clean water champions

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Cahaba Vision Award winner Natalie Kelly and CRS Executive Director Beth Stewart

“The care of the Earth is our most ancient and most worthy, and after all our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it and to foster its renewal is our only hope.” ~ Wendell Berry

Last Thursday, the Cahaba River Society (CRS) honored several local Birmingham businesses, organizations, educators and advocates at their annual meeting, which was held in Woodlawn. Continue reading “Cahaba River Society honors clean water champions”