AWARDED SAPPI: IDEAS THAT MATTER GRANT, 2012,
PROJECT TITLE:
Telling the Story of the Cahaba River

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The project will weave diverse video, photography, and story resources into a bookform to engage diverse people in learning about the Cahaba’s importance, how to enjoy it, and how to help save it.

TIMELINE:
The project is undeway as of October 1, 2012. The expected publication date of the materials is January 2013.

BENEFITTING ORGANIZATION/NONPROFIT:
The Cahaba River Society
www.cahabariversociety.org
Promoting solutions for conservation and community growth that will restore and protect the Cahaba River and its rich freshwater wildlife and drinking water resources in Alabama.

CREATIVE / / DESIGN TEAM:
Douglas Barrett
Assistant Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham
www.dougbarrett.com

Amy Clark
Samantha Gibbons
Daniel Tweig
Jenny Waycaster

WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE WHEN BRINGING THIS PROJECT TO LIFE AND HOW DID YOU SOLVE IT?
The Cahaba River is a beautiful place of recreation, education, community, and history. The river and her watershed represent a complicated system whose balance is fundamental and necessary for the people living around her. The challenge is communicating all the ways that the river impacts everyday life in the surrounding areas.

Build river pride and stewardship within the state and surrounding communities by providing real and virtual opportunities for people to engage with the Cahaba River and experience her natural wonder and beauty

HOW DO YOU HOPE THAT THIS PROJECT IMPACTS THE LIVES OF OTHERS?
This project will frame the Cahaba River as a personal story. The Cahaba is already a recognized global treasure for freshwater biodiversity with more fish species per mile than any other river in North America. But it is more than a waterway; it is also a figurative artery. For now, the Cahaba feeds the land around it, provides drinking water to communities, nourishes its own ecosystems, and is a place to swim, fish, and paddle. But the river is also an opportunity for people to immerse themselves in the rich culture and history of the region. This project aims to tell the story of Cahaba River in the terms of the people who live around it and remind Alabamians what a unique treasure they have right in their backyard.


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