The River Above
September 7, 2006 8:51 PM   Subscribe

Alabama has many beautiful rivers, but the Cahaba is special. Its biodiversity is impressive. Boasting 131 different fish species, no other river in North America has more species of fish per mile. It's also the longest free-flowing river remaining in Alabama. It is home to a considerable number of rare plants*, including the Cahaba lilly. The proximity of Birmingham has taken a toll, but recovery efforts are underway, and the Cahaba remains popular with river and wildlife enthusiasts. *Page contains embedded quicktime
posted by owhydididoit (8 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
The CAHABA! I have very fond memories of that river, spent a lot of time as a teen watching it flow by while imbibing and inhaling various substances of mostly illegal nature. Did a fair amount of jumping into it to. Thanks for the post!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 10:17 PM on September 7, 2006

Man, metafilter doesn't seem to have given much love to your river. I think it looks idyllic, though, and can see why flapjax had such fun with it too. Thanks too.
posted by imperium at 4:17 AM on September 8, 2006

You're welcome! You and flapjax gave it plenty of love.
posted by owhydididoit at 6:58 AM on September 8, 2006

I, too, spent many teenage nights (and skipped schooldays) on the banks of this river. Great post.
posted by tadellin at 7:20 AM on September 8, 2006

I can almost see it from my backyard. Nice post!
posted by BitterOldPunk at 9:06 AM on September 8, 2006

Very nice. I went swimming at the Grant's Mill landing last weekend, what a great time.
posted by hominid211 at 11:50 AM on September 8, 2006

Excellent post. Thanks.
posted by dog food sugar at 2:39 PM on September 8, 2006

I loved it too. I'm from Alabama!
posted by FuzzyVerde at 8:51 PM on September 8, 2006

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