BTNEP’S Bayou Lafourche Clean Up Results Are In
In an effort to improve the water quality of the resource that provides 300,000 citizens with drinking water, the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) held its 4th Annual Bayou Lafourche Cleanup on March 14th.
The event covered areas along the bayou from Donaldsonville to Leeville and was BTNEP’s largest volunteer effort to remove trash from Bayou Lafourche.
Over 1000 resident volunteers took part in the event, picking up trash for three hours and collecting over 30,309 pieces of trash.
Unusual items included four microwaves, six televisions, a bird feeder, an aquarium, typewriter, two riding lawn mowers, toothbrushes, two boats, a credit card, $1 bill and a kitchen sink.
The biggest problem areas were around bridges and businesses where people are using the bayou as dumping grounds.
“The people of the Lafourche, Terrebonne and Assumption parishes need to take a stand to protect this important body of water from litter and dumping,” said Alma Robichaux, BTNEP Education and Outreach Coordinator and Bayou Lafourche Cleanup Project Manager. “This is our only source of drinking water.”
For more information on BTNEP, visit www.btnep.org or on Facebook.
Posted on Tue, April 28, 2015
by The Lafourche Gazette