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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

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BTNEP gearing up for Bayou Lafourche Cleanup this Saturday

BTNEP gearing up for Bayou Lafourche Cleanup this Saturday

The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) is in the final stages of preparations for this Saturday’s Bayou Lafourche Cleanup event.

Over 800 volunteers have signed up to ‘get the trash out of the splash.’

Volunteers include families, governmental agencies, parish officials, schools, churches, Chambers and small and large companies.

The cleanup will be done mostly from boats, but volunteers are also needed to clean locations around bridges and along the bayou side. Twelve volunteer site captains will set up their teams in different areas along the bayou.

The event is projected to clean up 106 miles of the bayou from Donaldsonville to Leeville.

In the past five years, over 4,000 volunteers have donated their time to cleaning up the waterway that supplies drinking water to residents of Lafourche, Terrebonne and Assumption parishes.

This year an appreciation party, which is free to all volunteers, will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Lafourche Central Market on Hwy. 1 in Raceland. Food, drinks, and music will be provided.

For more informationm or to volunteer for this Saturday’s event, please email Alma Robichaux at or call 985-447-0868.

Visit to sign up online.

Also, Les Reflections Du Bayou volunteers, who have spearheaded 31 years of “Keep America Beautiful”, are now partnering with BTNEP and are encouraging others to join in. Groups are welcomed and this event also serves as a great opportunity for students to get their community service credits.

Participants are asked to meet at the Galliano Library, 16244 E. Main.

The cleanup event will be held from 8 a.m. to 12-noon. T-shirts and prizes will be awarded to participants and bags and gloves will also be provided.

Anyone wishing to participate may contact Peggy Bagala at 632-6384 or 414-9710.