About Us


 Cawaco Resource, Conservation& Development Council (RC&D) focuses on the conservation, development and utilization of natural resources to improve the standard of living in the Council area. We join forces with agencies and groups throughout the state to improve the social, economic, community and environmental assets.  The Council meets quarterly to make decisions and identify projects to assist local people and communities.

Grant and technical assistance depends on the project and may include technical or planning development, informational/educational activities, and grant writing or administrative support. Cawaco partners with various federal, state, county and private agencies to secure assistance in completing needed community projects.

Cawaco is one of nine Resource Conservation and Development Councils in Alabama, and is a member of the Alabama Association of Conservation Districts, The Southeastern Association of Conservation Districts and the National Association. If you are not within our service area, find your council here.

Did you know?

map-copyCawaco derives its name from the primary assets within the service area. The name originates from the CAhaba, WArrior and COosa rivers in central Alabama. (Pronounced Cuh-Wah-Co).

We are a 501(c)3 non-profit that serves Blount, Chilton, Jeferson, Shelby and Walker Counties of central Alabama.

Cawaco RC&D administers two grant programs: Educational and Challenge. Learn about the grant program here.

Address: 2112 11th Ave. South, Suite 541 Birmingham AL 35205


Cawaco News You Can Use -

Toshiba America Foundation: Deadline: Rolling
Do you have a plan to make science and math learning for engaging for students? Toshiba America Foundation provides grants to educators to support tech-enhanced STEM learning for students. Grants enable educators to roll out match and science project-based learning, and can be used to purchase supplies and materials.
Prize: Grants requests of less than $5,000 are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year; grants proposals for more than $5,000 are due November 1.
Apply here: http://www.toshiba.com/taf/612.jsp

We got the sweetest surprise in the mail today! Hand-written thank-you notes from Bluff Park Elementary students!
We fund roughly $100,000 in educational projects yearly and are looking for exceptional proposals from schools we have not funded in the past. Apply today for the 2019 grant cycle!

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This is a fantastic project coordinated by the Valley Creek Committee. Students from schools located in the Valley Creek Watershed will be producing an anti-littering campaign. First through third place winners of a video competition will win $250-$500-$1000 awards and have their videos played on television stations. To VOTE for the best video go to the Litter Quitters YouTube channel.
Cawaco is excited to be able to provide the cash awards to the schools for this project.

We were in Jemison this week! Thanks to the legislators who keep in contact with community needs and supporting projects that matter.

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People with a high school credential make nearly $9,000 each year more on average and have more job options.

If you want more in life–more money, more options, more opportunity–then a high school credential is essential. Get help preparing for your GED today!

In keeping with the "Support your local farmer" theme:

Here is a short list of some local farmers, and their contact information.

It’s a changing landscape for the small farm operators. Support your local farmers.

We had a great time touring Southern Organics in Columbiana. This is what you call high tech aquaponic/hydroponic system! They’re providing nutrient-rich food with zero pesticide directly to local chefs and specialty stores. The talapia provide all the nutrients for the plants.🙂🌱

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Encouraging STEM in schools can get messy!🙂

Neil deGrasse Tyson - Let Kids Be Kids

From trouble-maker to problem-solver: this is why you should let your kids destroy the house.Speaker: Neil deGrasse Tyson for the Space Foundation

Posted by Goalcast on Monday, March 12, 2018

We had a great turnout for the Alabama Rivers and Streams network Strategic Habitat meeting last week! Check out the website to see all the presentations!

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Learn about strategic habitat in Alabama and the agencies working to protect Alabama’s natural biodiversity!

“I’m working this new initiative in Alabama. I don’t know any black plumbers, any black electricians, any black car mechanics. I’m going back in Alabama in the summer and partner with a vocational school to get more black plumbers, electricians.”

“For some reason these millennials or as I call them idiots — they think they are too good to do manual labor. There is nothing wrong with being a plumber or electrician or car mechanic.”

The regional library in Warrior is now a seed bank! They received 2000 containers and have filled them with seed they received from Cawaco and are distributing them!

From the newsletter:

Seeds for You!

Members of the Regional Library and Arts Foundation measured out nine kinds of vegetable seeds (donated by Magnolia Garden Club) into separate vials (donated by Warrior Pharmacy).

The seeds were given to the Garden Club by Cawaco - a non-profit conservation organization.

We will now give these seeds to community members who will start home gardens. Come by the Warrior Public Library and select your seeds. We have about 200 vials of each type. Please join us in growing and sharing healthy food! We currently are distributing these varieties:

Bloomsdale Spinach
Sugar Snap English Peas
Peaches & Cream Corn
Big Max Pumpkin
Black Crowder Peas
Jackson Wonder Bush Limas
Dwarf Long Green Pod Okra
Blue Lake Pole Beans
Cucumbers (two kinds)

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WE STILL HAVE FREE VEGETABLE SEED (and a good variety!)! APPLY NOW for your spring planting!

Learn about pollinators!

Every summer, the National Endowment for the Humanities offers tuition-free opportunities for school teachers and university educators. Interested teachers can find topics about art, world history, religion, literature, and more. The deadline to apply for the summer seminars is March 1, 2018!

Does your organization promote healthy choices for students/children? If so you can apply for an Aldi Smart Kids! The ALDI Smart Kids Program supports nonprofit organizations, public agencies, K-12 schools, and faith-based organizations that promote kids being active and healthy in the communities where ALDI stores are located in 35 states and Washington, DC. Grants ranging from $100 to $5,000 and ALDI gift cards are provided to local community organizations that encourage kids to be active in the areas of education, physical activity, nutrition, socializing, and the arts. Applications are accepted between February 1 and December 15, annually. Visit the company’s website to learn more about the ALDI Smart Kids Program.

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WINNERS!! we are so proud of the students and teachers who keep going the extra mile and making such a big impact in Walker County.

WINNERS!!! We are beyond excited to announce this show’s winner of the Miller Electric Welders Garage Bound, LLC 2018 Pick here at the 50th Anniversary of the World of Wheels Auto Show in Birmingham, Alabama! We chose Walker County Center of Technology as the winner! This school’s youth participants shortened this bus, lowered it, rebuilt the engine ... all as a school project. They deserve special recognition and encouragement from us and our industry. A huge thank you to Von Hot Rod for donating his time with his custom pinstripes on this metal cooler.

Posted by Garage Bound, LLC on Sunday, February 11, 2018

This is a example of how a small grant can make a big impact! Cawaco provides a grant 2 years ago to purchase the tools to work on this rat rod so WCCT could go to Charlotte NC competition. Amazingly it was the ONLY drivable vehicle to enter the contest and one of the only ones from out of state.
These teachers make a huge difference in the lives of students and are shaping the future work force. Go see them this weekend!

Check out this segment about the Walker County Center Of Technology rat rod that aired earlier this evening on WVUA 23. The WCCT rat rod will be on display this weekend at O'Reilly's World of Wheels at the BJCC.

Posted by Walker County Today on Thursday, February 8, 2018

Employment opportunities in the Chattanooga area!

Nothing can stop the WCCT Rat Rod school bus! 🚌🚌🚌🚌

Thanks to a grant from Cawaco, the Nauvoo Fire Department was able to upgrade it's equipment to assure the water supply was capable of suppressing large structure fires.
The Cawaco board of directors is always happy to support our first responders.

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Sara Verser was at Adamsville Elementary and interviewed one of our favorite teachers and his chickens! Cawaco has helped Adamsville Elementary get funding for their school garden storage shed!

Adamsville Elem chickens

Posted by Sarah Verser WBRC on Friday, February 2, 2018

We are so very honored to be able to help the Alabama Theatre restore the historic 18th street sign. This 90 year old landmark is one of many that we want to see preserved for the next 100 years.

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An American Chestnut tree has been found in Canada!!

Trade skills build communities, and are necessary if we want good-paying manufacturing jobs in America. America was built on industry!

What can homeowners and gardeners do to help native wildlife survive brutal cold, and intense heat and drought?

It's no secret hunters contribute to lions share of funding for conservation in the United States.

But what happens if millennials, who have recently passed baby boomers as the largest living American generation, choose not to hunt and fish in relative proportion to their forebears?

We were out at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve and noticed something kinda cool..

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The 18th street sign is up and shining brightly on 2018! Happy New Year, Birmingham!

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We attended the street party and lighting of the historic Alabama Theatre sign last night! Cawaco is proud to help with the funding of the restoration of this historic icon!

We attended the street party and lighting of the historic Alabama Theatre sign last night! Cawaco is proud to help with the funding of the restoration of this historic icon!

Posted by Cawaco RC&D on Monday, January 1, 2018

This New Years Eve the new Alabama Theatre sign will be lit! We are so proud to be part of this historic occasion.

Help us celebrate!! Cawaco has 2 tickets to give away for the Alabama Theatre New Year’s Eve concert with Taylor Hicks and Sister Hazel! Anyone interested needs to pm us before Sunday!

* Do you want to gain the skills and knowledge needed to make your community more walkable? Apply to be a 2018 America Walks Walking College fellow bit.ly/2iw6Wac
* We’re bringing together the fourth class of Walking College fellows. Will you be part of the ranks? bit.ly/2iw6Wac
* Be the change agent to make your community more walkable by applying for a 2018 Walking College fellowship. bit.ly/2iw6Wac
* Are you new to the walking movement or just want to learn more about the Walking College? Join us for a Feb 8 webinar to learn more bit.ly/2iw6Wac

Get A Salad Bar for Your School

Potatoes USA is promoting healthy meal choices by donating salad bars to K-12 schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program. In the past year, the potato industry has become the largest donator to the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools program in the produce sector.

Read more here: http://growers.potatoesusa.com/resources/salad-bar

Instructions to apply: http://growers.potatoesusa.com/sites/default/files/How%20Do%20Schools%20Apply%20for%20a%20Salad%20Bar_0.pdf

🎄🎄Merry Christmas from Cawaco!🎄🎄

🎄🎄Merry Christmas from Cawaco!🎄🎄

Fire safety tips we all should remember! Please read and share!

You can be a part of great projects just by shopping !!!!! Use the link below. Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase to support Cawaco programs such as first responder support, school and small town/neighborhood revitalization. Help us help others!