BIRMINGHAM, Ala (WIAT) – Local environmental groups are working to improve access points to the Cahaba River through a project called Cahaba Blueway.
The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development and its partners at the Cahaba Riverkeeper, Cahaba River Society, The Nature Conservancy of Alabama, the Freshwater Land Trust are overseeing the project.
Cahaba Blueway aims to create access points along a 200 mile-long water trail. The Cahaba River is Alabama’s most biologically diverse and longest free-flowing river.
Cahaba Riverkeeper, David Butler, says he hopes the project will highlight the river as a recreational destination, and how to navigate it safely.
“We hope that as people get out and enjoy the beauty and biodiversity of the river, it will inspire them to be [the] voices to preserve and protect it,” said Butler.
Project leaders have identified 30 prospective Cahaba Blueway access sites from Trussville to Old Cahaba. 15 of those sites already have the infrastructure needed to be designated as a Cahaba Blueway site.
“We feel like this is a long term project that would require the commitment of not just the partners we have now, but partners we haven’t identified yet,” said Butler.
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