The Cahaba River: A Precious Resource

Smithsonian Magazine called it “one of the most biologically diverse places in the nation.”

The Pulitzer Prize winning biologist (and Alabama native) E.O. Wilson has identified it and its sister rivers in the region as “an aquatic treasure house.”

The World Wildlife Fund and the Nature Conservancy have included it as one of only eight “Hotspots of Diversity” in the entire world.

According to the World Wildlife Fund, there are more fish species per kilometer in the Cahaba “than any other river in North America, including 18 species that exist nowhere else.”

But, to those of us who are fortunate enough to live near it, we know it simply as an unparalleled place to reconnect with nature by fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, birding, botanizing or merely floating in and along its gently flowing waters.

The Cahaba is a rare and precious resource, provided to us by the very hand of nature. SouthWest Water Company is committed to doing its part to ensure the Cahaba is there for future generations to fall in love with and enjoy.