May 062019

Enjoy this presentation that highlights the work being done throughout the state by Resource, Conservation & Development Councils in Alabama.

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Oct 242016
 In 2016, Cawaco projects built 11 miles of trails, restored 20 acres of habitat, educated over 3000 children and more than 2000 adults. For every dollar we spent, we were returned a minimum of eight dollars in added value. See the one-page graphic report here.
Please check out our Annual Report! THANK YOU for all YOU DO in your communities, and when you are out there, remember identify the needs in your communities! And also remember to thank your local legislators for allowing us to continue to receive funding. Without our partners we cannot accomplish anything! 
Click here to read about the projects funded in 2016. 
 Again, thank you all for your help in making 2016 a success for Cawaco and helping to build a better Alabama!

Invasive Plant Workshop

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Jun 122015

Do you struggle with privet, kudzu, mimosa, english ivy, bamboo, and other annoying invasive plants on your property? Would you like to learn from the pros how to fight these enemies?

If so, REGISTER NOW for the Invasive Plant Workshop being held August 7, 2015 at the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve in Pinson. This workshop is FREE to the public, landowners, farmers, and offers CEU’s for those who qualify. Lunch is provided. A hands-on demonstration and mulching demo will be held as well.  Bring your shorts and enjoy the creek after the class! 

Eventbrite - Invasive Plant Workshop


Online tools are now available to help identify and report invasive species. The Southeast Early Detection Network (SEEDN) website helps you identify and report invasive plants, insects and plant pathogens in the Southeastern United States. By reporting sightings of invasive plants and other invasive pests, we can better assess the extent of the infestations and hopefully eradicate new infestations before they become huge problems. Learn more here.

Apr 032015

Cawaco was awarded the Alabama Association of Resource Conservation & Development Council’s  Project of the Year Award for 2014, for the “Tannehill Wastewater Treatment” project.

Read more about this project in the Spring Newsletter. Or go here.

We were very honored to be the recipient of this award, when there are so many worthwhile projects throughout the state to choose from!  We were excited to accept this award in the presence of one of our good friends and supporters, Senator Greg Reed.

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Cawaco Provides Technology in the Classroom

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Feb 172015

By MOLLY DAVIDSON / Staff Writer

NORTH SHELBY—Oak Mountain Elementary School first grade students have been able to supplement their learning with iPads, thanks to a $5,000 grant from Cawaco Resource, Conservation and Development Council in partnership with State Senator Jabo Waggoner, R-Birmingham, and Rep. Arnold Mooney, R-Birmingham.

On Feb. 12, the OMES students and teachers had a chance to present how the iPads have been implemented in the classroom.

“We use our iPads in so many different ways,” OMES first grade teacher Anne Neighbors said. “We really appreciate your generosity.”

OMES first grade teachers applied for the grant with Cawaco and received funding to purchase two iPads for each classroom.

Students use the iPads to further reading, math and research skills. The iPads are equipped with educational apps such as Scholastic News and games to reinforce conceptual math and sight word reading, Neighbors explained.

“A lot of schools are taking advantage of technology to not only enhance students’ learning, but to make it fun,” Drayton Cosby, with Cawaco, said.

Using iPads in the classroom also introduces the students to using technology in an academic setting at an early age.

“(iPads) allow these young students to access so much more information so much quicker,” Waggoner said. “There are so many educational advantages.”

“They’ve got to realize how to use these (iPads) to be where they want to be as a scholar,” Mooney added, explaining “the future of our world is in electronics.”

OMES Principal Debbie Horton explained the iPads allow teachers to take classroom learning “to the very next level” and also achieve the school’s goal of preparing students for not just the next grade level, but for a successful future beyond school.

“We prepare them for jobs that have not yet been created,” Horton said, noting the importance of technology in current job market. “They are preparing themselves for a future that has not yet been created.”

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Project Update- Greystone Elementary Outdoor Classroom

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Oct 282014

Back in 2011, Cawaco awarded Greystone Elementary School a grant to develop an outdoor classroom.  This first phase of the project allowed them to purchase native plants and trees, create a rain garden, and  install a pond.  They also bought a cistern to collect rainwater off the roof of the school to water the plants. This saves the school a lot of money, and it helps conserve our most precious resource- water.
IMG_3896  On October 27, 2014, Greystone was awarded their Outdoor Classroom certification from the Alabama Wildlife Federation!  It is always a delight to see projects blossom and mature!

Rocky Ridge Fire District Awarded grant

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Aug 202014

Recently the Rocky Ridge Fire Department received a 10,000 grant from Cawaco RC&D for river rescue equipment. Since the purchase of the equipment, it has been used four times- and one of those times was during a training class on how to use the equipment!

The money allowed the fire department to buy a winch to go up and down steep hills. They were also able purchase this board along with floatation device to transport an injured person in the water.

For pictures and video, go here


Apr 082014

This is a good write up about the race; however, schools from all over the state competed, and all RC&D’s in the state participated by funding a car kit for a school in their area. Cawaco had 3 cars in the race beacuse Cawaco has supported this project since inception. Read more and see pictures and video here:

Electric Car Race at Barber Motorsports Park

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Student Scholarships for Science School

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Jul 182011

The Alabama 4-H center in Columbiana recently closed a $10,000.00 grant they receieved through Cawaco RC&D and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. The grant provided scholarships to students throughout the Cawaco 5-County area.  The educational objective was to promote environmental education and leadership skills through hands-on experimental learning. Topics studied included entimology, forest ecology, herpetology, macro invertebrate study, orinthology, rivers and reservoirs, and outdoor recreation. The scholarships allowed over 2500 students from Walker, Shelby and Jefferson counties to attend the science school program. Without the funding, none of the participants would have been able to attend these events.

Springwood students conducting chemical studies on Lay Lake

Stream Restoration at Timberline

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Jul 072011
Below is a news article from the online version of the Shelby County Reporter pertaining to the stream restoration project at Timberline Golf Course. The print article should appear in the Wednesday July 13th addition.

For more information on this project contact: Glenn Littleton,Facilitator
Cahaba Clean Water Partnership
Coordinator -Buxahatchee Creek Watershed RP

Buxahatchee Creek Project

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Jun 242011

Cawaco RC&D provides project and grant management services to assist Shelby County in implementing an ADEM 319 grant to improve water quality for Buxahatchee Creek.  Glenn Littleton, project coordinator provided coordination and support for the installation of a peat-based alternative wastewater treatment system for Minooka Park.  Read more about the project in the Clanton Advertiser on June 23, 2011.