Alabama Rivers Alliance is a statewide network of groups working to protect and restore all of Alabama’s water resources through building partnerships, empowering citizens, and advocating for sound water policy and its enforcement.

Alabama has more than 132,000 miles of streams and rivers with more types of plants and animals living in them than any other state in the nation.  However, we also have one of the highest extinction rates in North America, many of which are species that live in our rivers.  Alabama’s precious water resources currently face many threats.  From improper enforcement of environmental regulations to the lack of planning and policy to ensure sustainable water for the future, our community is tasked with protecting the waters of the state for the health of the people and the life therein, or else we risk losing natural treasures that we can never retrieve.

Click here to read the Alabama Water Agenda.


Our Team

Cindy Lowry


Cindy is the executive director of the Alabama Rivers Alliance. She joined the staff in 2005 as Watershed Leadership Coordinator and was promoted to Executive Director in 2007. A…

Curt Chaffin


Bio coming soon!
Kelly Marshall

Kelly Marshall


Kelly Marshall joined the Alabama Rivers Alliance team in mid-2015 bringing significant experience in public relations and communication strategies. She has been an avid believer in and promoter of the…

Martin Taylor


Martin Taylor is the newest edition to the team as Development Director, bringing 10 years of experience to the Alabama Rivers Alliance. He was born and raised in the…

Martha Hunter


Martha Hunter is the latest addition to the Alabama Rivers Alliance team as Alliance Coordinator, where she will work to build and support our network of more than 60…
Gilda Brame

Gilda Brame


Gilda is the handler of all of the Alabama Rivers Alliance’s administrative details. A Chicago native, her family roots begin in Alabama where her mother has born and where…


Our Interns

2016 interns Sabrina Zizo and Marlena McConnell at River Network’s River Rally!

Interns are a super important part of our work at Alabama Rivers Alliance. We are so thankful for all the hard work our interns – past & present – have devoted to us. Interested in interning for ARA? Let us know! 



2017 interns Margot Woolverton and Morgan Pennington before an EMC meeting in Montgomery.

This fund has been established to honor Dr. Ed Colvin who continues to offer dedication for and love of Alabama rivers and works to secure their safety. He has always given generously to others and in that spirit, we want to support young environmental heroes.   Dr. Colvin is a tireless advocate for our waters and we know our interns will be thrilled to meet him, learn from him and become future leaders.


The Ed Colvin Internship Fund supports the Alabama Rivers Alliance internship program in which interns assist in water policy research, organizing and implementing advocacy campaigns, assisting with citizen water monitoring trainings and other citizen organizing activities, and assisting with organization

development needs, including marketing and communications.  With only four full time staff, an internship program can greatly increase the ability of the Rivers Alliance to achieve their goals and ensure healthy water resources for all Alabamians for generations to come.

Click here to donate to the Ed Colvin Internship Fund!




edcolvinOur pop is an inspiration to us – and though it might embarrass him – we want to show him our thanks for being a wonderful leader and we want others to learn through his example. Please consider giving your support to Alabama Rivers Alliance interns. We are so proud of our father and all that he gives to others!  – The Colvin kids