May 062019

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

Presentation 2019 Annual ConferenceFinal
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May 232018

We are proud to sponsor this radio ad that runs in our five counties!

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Alabama Adult Education is offering See it 4 Free, an opportunity to take all 4 GED Ready practice tests free-of-charge. In addition, for a limited time, if you pass the GED Ready practice test, Alabama Adult Education will pay for you to attempt the official GED exam.

A GED graduate is eligible to receive a scholarship for one college credit course of up to 3-credit hours at any public 2-year college in Alabama. Ask the school’s Financial Aid office about this scholarship. Visit for more information or to locate the Alabama Community College in your area.

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!

North Jefferson Blount Regional Library

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Oct 292015

10177219_991705897553466_7077566999519968928_nCawaco is helping fund some upgrades to the old Armory building located in Warrior. The building is being renovated into a state of the art Regional Library and Cultural Arts Center. The North Jefferson-Blount County Regional Library Foundation has already raised over a quarter of a million dollars through various grants and fundraising activities. There are always fundraisers going on to help with the upgrades! If you have books to donate, they will appreciate it! This is a volunteer organization doing great things in North Jefferson/ Southern Blount County.

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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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Low Impact Development Workshop

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Nov 242014

The North River Project will be hosting Low Impact Development: The Nexus of On-The-Ground Implementation and Stormwater Compliance, December 15, 2014 at the Northport Civic Center. Information covered in the workshop include:
• The economic importance of water protection
• NPDES Stormwater requirements
• Introduction to the Low Impact Development Handbook for the State of Alabama
• Training and case study on mitigating the effects of stormwater using low impact development methods.

Registration is $25 and includes lunch. The announcement, with agenda and registration information is attached. Seating is limited. Register by December 10th to reserve your seat !!!

Online registration:

Download flyer here

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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!

Kids learning water safety and kayaking

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Sep 152014

The kayaks are being put to good use and even made the paper!

Kids participate in Outdoor Adventure Camp

By Emily Etheredge

Published 3:56pm Thursday, July 3, 2014 Clanton Advertiser

Children participate in outdoor nature camp using Cawaco kayaks.

Children participate in outdoor nature camp using Cawaco kayaks.

JoJo Wells was excited to practice his archery techniques Thursday morning as he eagerly waited his turn at hitting the target.

“I hope I hit the bull’s-eye,” Wells, 7, said. “It is kind of tricky though.”

Wells, along with 17 other kids, participated in the three-day “Outdoor Adventures Camp” hosted by the Chilton County Extension Office at Minooka Park in Jemison.

The camp included activities from 9-2 p.m. July 1-3 that focused on topics including forestry, wildlife, archery, fishing and kayaking.

“We want to help get kids interested in outdoor activities,” said Josine Walter, a 4-H Regional Extension Agent. “Today we are focusing on archery, kayaking, and we will go over how to make a campfire.”

Other activities included in the camp taught kids how to measure the diameter of a tree, leaf identification, and a GPS-oriented scavenger hunt.

Sherry Wells brought her three grandchildren to the camp to get them involved with group activities during the summer.

“We have had a lot of fun,” Wells said. “I have noticed that they have learned patience and the value of teamwork. They have also made a lot of new friends, and commented to me this morning they were all sad to say goodbye to them.”

Wells said this was the first time for her grandchildren to participate in the “Outdoor Adventures Camp,” but she hopes to make it an annual event.

“They have all had a really great time,” Wells said. “They have gotten to be outside and learning different things. It is important to me that they have activities to keep them active throughout the summer.”

Walter said each child, ranging in ages from grade school to high school, more than likely hiked 3-5 miles each day.

“These kids have learned a lot this week,” Walter said.

Walter said the six kayaks used in the camp were provided through a state grant from Cawaco RC&D Council.

Walter gathered all of the kids under a shaded pavilion Thursday morning to go over the activities for the day.

“Today we are going to go kayaking,” Walter said. “Everyone who gets in the water has to wear a personal flotation device. I will also tell you that if you tip, it is OK. I can almost guarantee you will get wet.”

Dallas Day, 10, said she was excited to get in the water, but hoped the water wouldn’t be too cold.

“I think it will be fun,” Day said. “I can tell you this, the food has been great. We got to eat hobo chicken one day and grilled burgers, and it was delicious.”

Although Caleb Carpenter said he was excited to get in a kayak, he wanted to perfect his target hitting before heading to the water.

“I have been practicing with the bow and arrow,” Carpenter said. “I was about an inch away from the bull’s-eye one time.”

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Palisades Park gets WiFi!

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Sep 122014

Cawaco RC&D id dedicated to the development and wise use of our Natural Resources. Although many will think that a park getting WiFi is not supporting natural resources, please remember- our focus for the next year is Parks and Rec. And WiFi will benefit the park, as well as the community and visitors. Visitors can now host meetings at the lodges and have internet access,  The park is now able to take internet reservations. And in the event of an emergency, Palisades Park is no longer in the dark.  We want to thank the Legislators for their continued support and interest in their area! We exist to help communities in need, and so do they.  Palisades WIFI Grant

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Sep 092014


Executive Director Kellie Johnston makes Natural Resource presentation at the Your Town Alabama workshop on September 8, 2014.

Executive Director Kellie Johnston makes Natural Resource presentation at the Your Town Alabama workshop on September 8, 2014.





Cawaco constantly strives to promote the wise and thoughtful development of our natural resources, and has funded the Your Town Alabama program for several years. Your Town is a workshop for community leaders and planners. To learn more about Your Town, go here: