Newsletter | June 2019 Print

Don't miss next Thursday's Summer Social at The Woolworth!

Come kick-off the summer with us next Thursday, June 13 at our CAI Alabama Summer Social from 5pm-8pm at The Woolworth in Birmingham!

We'll have 4 lanes of duck-pin bowling available, an appetizer buffet and everyone will get two drink tickets.

We will give out several door prizes during the event. We will reveal what those prizes will be the days leading up to the event on the CAI Alabama Chapter social media pages. So go ahead and start following CAI Alabama on Facebook and/or Instagram and see what some of the door prizes will be!

And join our social media contest for a chance to win an awesome YETI Cooler! Post a selfie or a picture of you and others during the CAI Alabama Summer Social on Facebook or Instagram with the hashtags #CATCHUSROLLIN #WEBOWLIN #CAIAL ! At the Chapter Meeting on September 19, we will draw a winner from everyone who made a post with these hashtags.

Does this sound like a lot of fun? Then go ahead and get your ticket today by clicking here! $20 Members, $30 Non-Members.

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Also, please invite a colleague or friend that might be interested in CAI. You will receive two extra entries for the door prize drawing for bringing a guest. Please have your guest register ahead of time.

We hope to see you next Thursday at the Summer Social! And while you are at the event, please make sure to say thank you to all of our event sponsors as well as the social events committee members who planned this awesome event!

2019 Summer Social Title Sponsors: Chief Fire Protection, Coulter & Sierra and Mutual of Omaha Bank

2019 Summer Social Drink Sponsors: Aabama Roofing, Burr & Forman, CertaPro of Hoover, CMA and The Grass Guys.

The Social Events Committee: Chair - Catherine Booth (Neighborhood Management), Shelby Breedlove (Gibson Landscaping), Lanier Coulter (Coulter & Sierra), Monica Eubanks (Neighborhood Management), Sarah Haney (Community Management Associates), Joe Moon (Chief Fire Protection Company) and Stephanie Panagiotides (Community Managment Associates)

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2019 CAI Annual Conference Update

Chapter President-Elect Mildred Lanier and Chapter Executive Director Julia Boehm-McKay attended this year's CAI Annual Conference from May 15-18 in Orlando. Next to many great conference sessions, they also attended many chapter development workshop sessions with over 100 other CAI chapter leaders.

And the Annual Awards Ceremony was a big highlight! The CAI Alabama Chapter was on the stage twice. The first time, Mildred and Julia accepted two chapter awards, one in the members service category for last year's Happy Hour Social and the other one in the public affairs category for last year's 1st Annual CAI Alabama Chapter Golf Tournament. The second time, Mildred Lanier was on the stage to accept the 2018 Award of Excellence in Government and Public Affairs for her service on the CAI Alabama Legislative Action Committee.

Congratulations to Mildred and all of our members!

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How to Plan, Prep for & Pass the CMCA Exam 

In this free, highly interactive webinar, CAMICB walk potential CMCA candidates through the process and timeline of properly preparing to sit for the CMCA exam. The webinar is intended to help persons adequately prepare to pass this important exam by answering these questions and more:

  • My application was approved yesterday. Can I take the exam next week?
  • My boss says I have 12 weeks to take the exam. What should I do?
  • I've been a CAM for 15 years and don't have time to study.
  • Where do I go to take the exam?
  • What should I study to prepare for the exam?

Attendees will be given the opportunity to ask questions throughout the program. Seats are limited, so encourage those who you know are planning to take the CMCA exam to sign up today!

DATE: June 6, 2019
TIME: 1:00pm
COST: Free!


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May Chapter Breakfast Meeting Review

Thank you to everyone who came to last month's CAI Alabama Breakfast Meeting at the Birmingham School of Law! If you didn't make it, you missed a great presentation from CAI's VP of Education David Jennings, great networking time and a delicious breakfast from Ashley Mac's.

A big thank you to Landscape Workshop for sponsoring our May CAI Alabama Chapter Meeting.

Visit or to view more photos from this luncheon.

We hope to see you at our next CAI Alabama Chapter Meeting on September 19!

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SAVE THE DATE: 2nd Annual Golf Tournament

Be a sponsor of the 2nd Annual CAI Alabama Chapter Golf Tournament! Review the available Sponsorship Opportunities by clicking here and sign-up for a sponsorship below!


Early Bird Special: Sign-up for an Eagle Sponsorship by June 1, 2019 and save $100!

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Review of this month's Board Leadership Development Workshop

On June 1st, Lee Mason, CMCA, AMS, PCAM (Community Association Management / Law Offices of Lee Mason) presented the CAI Board Leadership Development Workshop, a workshop for homeowner leaders, in Stillwaters at Lake Martin. Roy Kallista, RS (DMA Reserves) gave a presentation about  reserve studies. Thank you Lee and Roy for your presentations!


Also, a big thank you to our member Kevin Eason, CMCA, AMS general manager of Stillwaters Residential Association for his help hosting the workshop at the association's community center. 

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Bioengineered Living Shorelines the Newest Erosion Control Solution

by Wesley Allen, Environmental Scientist and Regional Manager at SOLitude Lake Management

HOA Erosion Control - BEFORE

When development companies design community associations with lakes and stormwater ponds, they envision them as beautiful aquatic resources to attract homeowners, connect with nature and enhance the surrounding property. Without proper management, however, these waterbodies can quickly become eye-sores that produce harmful algae and bad odors, lead to damaged and eroded shorelines, and result in displeased community members.

Most aquatic management professionals will tell you that when a property manager calls about an issue at their waterbody, it’s often past the point of a quick fix. This is regularly the case when we arrive onsite to look at an erosion issue on a lake or pond embankment. Rather than finding a few problematic patches of rock or soil, we discover steep, unstable banks, deep washouts and extensive bottom muck caused by years of sedimentation.

Erosion is a natural process caused by wind, rainfall, poor design, cultural impacts like mowing and recreation, or simply an aging aquatic ecosystem. These erosion issues are all exacerbated by human disturbance. Unfortunately, erosion can also negatively affect your lake, stormwater pond, canal or coastline by causing loss of habitat and property value, nutrient loading, reduced storage volume and waterbody depth, and excess runoff. When topsoil is displaced, stormwater pipes and structures can be exposed and damaged. Overtime, erosion can lead to the formation of trenches and gullies that pose a serious danger to the public.

There are many ways to correct erosion with rip-rap, bulkheads, and other hard armoring systems; in certain situations, they may be the preferred option. In my experience, however, reestablishing the embankment utilizing vegetation, whether turf grass for recreation or native vegetation for habitat, has always been an excellent way to halt erosion and enhance community waterbodies. There are several best management practices that can help stop erosion and establish vegetation, but a lot of them have a shorter life-span or planting restrictions. Fortunately, there is a new solution available for both the immediate and long-term stabilization of shorelines and hillsides.

Bioengineered living shorelines are the latest technology in erosion control. These patented woven systems offer an innovative, environmentally-friendly solution to immediately stop shoreline and embankment erosion and create a natural foundation for vegetation. The most effective systems available are designed using a combination of ecofriendly, biodegradable burlap sock-like fabric and heavy-duty knitted mesh. The socks can be filled with local pond muck and sediment, which is why many property managers choose to pair this solution with proactive hydro-raking projects. After the woven mesh systems are filled, they are then secured to the embankment and can be immediately sodded, planted with native beneficial buffer plants, or seeded through the mesh and fabric layers.

As an Environmental Scientist, I’ve utilized several different shoreline restoration techniques over the years, but this innovative system is certainly creating some excitement! It provides immediate stabilization while effectively filtering and buffering run-off water, removing harmful contaminants and benefiting waterways and water quality, all the while providing a seamless planting platform and long-lasting erosion control. Restored banks and hillsides can be walked on within just a few days, making bioengineered shorelines a fast, aesthetically-pleasing and long-lasting solution for most properties.   

Depending on your waterbody and specific erosion issues, goals and budget, your lake management professional may recommend other natural restoration tools. Lakes and ponds that experience heavy water movement may be suitable candidates for erosion control using logs comprised of coconut fibers. Installed in areas with direct water flow, these biodegradable logs can help redirect water movement while reducing erosion along delicate banks. Coconut “coir” logs are biodegradable, compact and excellent solutions for properties in need of a truly custom erosion control approach.

Whether you decide to move forward with a complete shoreline restoration or are several years away, it’s imperative to properly budget and integrate proactive management strategies that protect your banks and hillsides, while preserving the water quality of your aquatic resource. Cultivating a beneficial vegetative buffer with flowering native vegetation will help stabilize soil during rainstorms. Deep-rooted flowering plants can also help pull excess nutrients from stormwater runoff, preventing the growth of nuisance weeds and algae in the water resource. Undesirable nutrients can be further combated with the professional application of naturally-occurring nutrient remediation products, which permanently “lock up” and prevent nutrients from fueling aquatic weeds or algae.

HOA Erosion Control - AFTER

Just like lawncare, lake and stormwater pond management is an ongoing commitment that requires different approaches throughout the year. While no two waterbodies are the same, each and every aquatic ecosystem is susceptible to shoreline erosion and can benefit from custom management plans that integrate buffer management and nutrient remediation, as well as other sustainable tools like hydro-raking, aeration, biological augmentation, and regular water quality testing. Whether your waterbody is in its prime or has seen better days, contact your lake management professional to restore and prolong your water resources—starting with the shoreline.

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