Program Seeks To Improve Access To Cahaba River

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Program Seeks To Improve Access To Cahaba River

UACED and its partners have developed the Cahaba Blueway program to enhance public awareness of the river as a recreational destination.

Access to Alabama’s longest free-flowing and most biologically diverse river will soon improve thanks to a new collaborative effort. The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development, along with its program partners at the Cahaba River Society, The Nature Conservancy of Alabama, the Freshwater Land Trust and the Cahaba Riverkeeper, announced the official start of the Cahaba Blueway, a 200 mile-long water trail through the heart of Alabama.

A report by Alabama News Center this week said UACED and its partners have developed the Cahaba Blueway program to enhance public awareness of the river as a recreational destination, to make available the information needed for safe navigation on the river and to facilitate the development of access infrastructure to make getting on and off the water with a canoe or kayak safer and easier.

Of the 31 locations along the river and two tributaries where the public has access, 15 have the infrastructure needed to become officially designated “Cahaba Blueway” sites as part of the Blueway’s unveiling later this month. With the guidelines as a reference, the program intends to facilitate the development of improvements at the remainder of the sites in…


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