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Big Cahaba Cleanup


Don't litter--it ends up in your River!

Cahaba River Society brings you the largest ever one-day Cahaba Cleanup event where we will clean up to 50 miles of the River through the heart of Alabama!

What: The largest-ever 1-day Cahaba River Cleanup will cover up to 50 miles of the Cahaba River – Alabama’s longest remaining free-flowing river and the “biological heart” of American’s Amazon.

Why: To restore natural beauty and reduce pollution of this iconic river (and a primary source of Birmingham’s drinking water) while educating the public about reducing litter in our waterways and encouraging recycling.

When: Saturday, June 8, 2019. Registration at 8 a.m. at designated sites. Shuttles run between 8-9a.m. between sites and Cleanup begins at 9 a.m.

Where: Up to 50 miles of the Cahaba River in up to 7 stretches from Trussville to Helena, AL.

Who: Cahaba River Society, volunteers, community and corporate sponsors and partners.

To volunteer in the Cleanup, please contact:

Gordon Black, Education Director, Cahaba River Society
email: clean@cahabariversociety.org

More information:

Since our beginnings, Cahaba River Society has led volunteers in cleaning up areas of the River. The Big Cahaba Cleanup will condense and amplify the efforts and impacts of volunteers through a one-day project engaging people from Cahaba communities across all sectors, offering opportunities for corporate partners, civic and faith groups, local governments, and individuals to make an impact in cleaning up the Cahaba River.

This large, new event will not only clean more trash, it will also draw media coverage for widespread public education encouraging people and businesses to do their part to clean up and recycle their litter to keep it from getting into the river where it impacts drinking water & wildlife.

“River Teams” of 10 to 20 volunteers in canoes and kayaks will clean each section, with all groups putting in at roughly the same time at up to 7 different locations. These teams may be organized by businesses, churches, civic groups, universities, neighborhoods or other communities. Each will be led by a “River Leader” skilled in paddling, river safety, and river trip organization. Shore Teams will each of a “Shore Leader” and those teams will focus on supporting the River Teams while also cleaning up the river access sites.

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Organization Name
Cahaba River Society
Organization Type
Conservation Organization
Member of Aquarium Conservation Partnership (ACP)
Participant in AZA's SAFE Campaign


As part of our celebration, we plan to do the following:
  • Event is open to the public
  • Media would be welcome
  • Event will include some special activities or engagements for youth and/or young adults
    Under 12,Ages 12-18,College/University Age
    Teams of volunteers of all ages will be working to clean up trash from the Cahaba River.
  • Event will be highlighting organization's own efforts to reduce use of plastic


The Cahaba River
3200 Galleria Circle
Hoover, Alabama 35244 United States