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Cahaba Current: July 2017

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Combating Invasive Plants in the Cahaba National Wildlife Refuge

Since last year, there has been a tenfold increase in invasive taro cropping up in the Cahaba National Widlife Refuge, and lily habitat is now at risk! Taro is able to take root in flowing water, crowding and shading out the lilies.

Cahaba River Society and partners are working to eradicate these invasive plants from this sensitive area, but it is to be a long and slow process.Want to know what you can do to help taro?
First, learn to identify taro. It looks similar to elephant ear, but with some key differences. You can read more about that here.
Avoid planting taro in your yard. If you find it already planted there, dig the entire plant up, place it in a plastic bag, and send it to your landfill. Taro plants can reproduce from just a small portion of a bulb, so be sure to dig it up completely and dispose of the entire plant.

Commemorating the 2017 Lily Season

Thanks to CRS member Mike McCracken for this beautiful video commemorating the 2017 Cahaba Lily Season!

Irondale residents: Let the City know you want improved Cahaba River access!

The Irondale on the Move team is planning for the City’s future and is asking for residents’ opinion regarding what “action plans” – suggested in the IOM Comprehensive Plan – would offer the City and residents the most impact first.  They’ve received over 200 responses, and we need YOU to weigh in ASAP!

Click here to take the very short survey.  We hope you will support the proposal for the City to continue improving the Grants Mill/Irondale River Walk Cahaba access with better parking and to support the new Moon River access. Other great ideas like better bicycling signage/routes are also on the list. Between the River and Ruffner Mountain, Irondale can become the place to live and play in the outdoors! The Cahaba River Blueway project can bring more visitors and business opportunities to Irondale. Support Irondale becoming a green and blue city!

Save the Date – Public meetings to plan Altadena Valley Park on the Cahaba

Vestavia Hills has a citizen advisory process underway for the new park at the former Altadena golf course. Vestavia residents and folks who love the Cahaba: plan to attend public meetings on July 11 at 7 pm and July 26 at 5:30 pm (location TBA). 

This is part of the Community Spaces process to involve residents, develop plans and prioritize spending for several park / community center sites. Let’s have a strong turnout to encourage Cahaba River protection and river access development as priorities. Vestavia Hills invited CRS to be part of the advisory committee for this process. For more info contact Randy Haddock at randyh@cahabariversociety.org & 205-322-5326 x412.

Alabama musicians create Mirror Water Mindalbum with proceeds benefiting Cahaba River Society

A group of Alabama musicians came together to create Mirror, Water, Mind, a collection of newly composed music based around the theme of water. All of the artists who contributed to the project live near or have some connection with the Cahaba River, to which the album is dedicated. It is hoped that this water music will encourage you to appreciate and protect the natural sources of water wherever you live.

All proceeds benefit the Cahaba River Society. To learn about this unique project, listen to some tracks, and download the album, visit the artists’ website at Bandcamp.com.

Cahaba Connections: The State and Future of Our River

Join individuals and organizations from throughout Central Alabama for the second Cahaba Connections Conference. This will bring together academic institutions, government agencies, environmental organizations and citizens interested in the future of the Cahaba. Held at Living River: A Retreat on the Cahaba​, the conference will celebrate the river and tackle some of the challenges it faces. Click here to learn more.

Cahaba River Fry-Down

Each October the Cahaba River Society hosts an event that’s not only good for the planet, but also the palate! A staple in Birmingham’s dynamic food scene,as culinary masters, old and new, will battle it out for the top catfish cooking prizes. There will be fun for all ages with a carnival like atmosphere, amazing food, educational games, petting zoos, beer gardens and so much more! Learn more at FryDown.com.

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