Sep 292020


This project is a unique collaborative effort between Cawaco RC&D Council Environmental Programs, the City of Birmingham, a diverse, multidisciplinary team from University of Alabama at Birmingham, and numerous local non-profits in Jefferson County, Alabama.

Cool Green project Story Map, completed in March 2020, identified areas in Jefferson County with the following overlapping characteristics: urban heat islands, flooding, low tree canopy cover and low income. Census block level data was acquired from EPA EnviroAtlas and local data sources.

The next phase will bring local non-profits and prioritized areas together to address possible solutions to Urban Heat Islands, Air Quality and Flooding issues. Solutions are expected to include: Urban forest management plan to ground the action plan in policy, pilot urban tree canopy restoration and monitoring, take action to engage community, youth, workforce and educational resources, and ultimately establish enabling conditions for funding and government support for on-going greening for Cool Green Action.

Read more about this exciting initiative by accessing the interactive Story Map HERE.

See presentations from the international cool green webinar below.


Story Map by UAB

IUC Cool Green- Francesca Gross

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RC&D Grows Gardens

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Panola Community Outreach Pavillion (Green County)
Funds from Alabama RC&D “RC&D Grows Gardens Project” were used to complete the Panola Community Outreach pavilion.  The pavilion serves as a food distribution site for limited-income residents.

Pleasantfield Volunteer Fire Department Radios

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Jun 262020

Thanks to Senator Greg Reed, Cawaco heard about the needs of Pleasantfield Volunteer Fire department in Walker County. Pleasantfield is a very rural community in Walker County that has very limited cell phone service which makes the use of cell phones in emergency situations tenuous. Pleasantfield VFD had members who did not have a fire radio and could not receive any emergency call outs in order to respond to emergency calls. While on an emergency fire scene the officer in charge was not able to communicate to members in burning buildings or out of line of sight on scenes. Also the fire fighters need to be able to communicate with scene commanders in order to request equipment needed, or give reports of
conditions while in emergency situations.

After receiving the new equipment, there was a fire within the service area,  and a record number of firefighters responded because they had radios. Projects that support First Responders keep communities safer, and keep the first responders safer as well.

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Garden Report

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Apr 302020

Did you know Cawaco donates and delivers hundreds of pounds of vegetable seed throughout the state of Alabama each year? We work with our RC&D partners all over the state to get them to schools and communities. And, with a partnership with the Scott company, we arrange the distribution of free topsoil to gardeners! Is your garden a recipient of this program? If so, make sure to tell us about your success and share with others, so we can continue to receive the support we need to keep this program active!

Check out the statewide garden report for spring 2020 HERE.

If you are not within our service area, find your council here.

Learn more about our seed program by calling Patti Pennington at 205.623.0457 or email


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Oct 162019

Looking for educational resources for students K-5 to print at home or in class? Look no further! Here is a print-friendly version of a FUN activity book about water conservation! 

This booklet will print both sides (flip on the long edge. Using a long stapler, staple the booklet on pages 10-11.

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Cawaco Wins Two Southeastern RC&D Awards

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Aug 282019

Cawaco Board Members Paul Kennedy and Sheila Baker walked away with two Southeastern Association of RC&D Council awards this week in Asheville NC. Paul Kennedy was accepted into the SE RC&D Hall of Fame and Sheila Baker was deemed Board Member of the Year!

(Pictured: Paul McCaleb accepting Kennedy’s award, and Sheila Baker)

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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Apr 132019
Cawaco Board Member, former Project Director of Cawaco RC&D and Current President of the Walker Area Community Foundation Paul Kennedy received the State Association of RC&D Councils Hall of Fame Award for 2019.

2019 Strategic Habitat Meeting of the Alabama Rivers & Streams Network

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Jan 292019

Strategic Habitat Meeting 2019

Each year, the Alabama Rivers and Streams Network come together to share information and set an area of focus for the upcoming year.  It is held in conjunction with the yearly Mollusk/Crayfish meeting.

The 2019 SHU Meeting was held on January 15 in Andalusia Alabama.

Full Presentations are available below: