Lake Fields cleaner after successful debris clean-up
Over twenty-five volunteers participated in the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) and Lafourche Parish Game and Fish Commission’s Lake Fields Cleanup event held Saturday, April 9.
Based on the results, the event was a success.
Volunteers, consisting of Lake Fields camp owners and members of the Lockport Volunteer Fire Department, along with members of the BTNEP and Commission Staff, collected more than eight tons of trash and debris from the lake and the surrounding marshes.
Refrigerators and barbecue pits were among the items that were collected.
The more numerous items removed included recreational fishing gear like abandoned jug lines and an estimated 100 Styrofoam worm containers. Thirty automobile tires were also collected and removed from Lake Fields.
“Everyone that came out should be proud to know they helped remove almost 8 tons of trash and debris from Lake Fields,” said Seth Moncrief, BTNEP Volunteer Coordinator. “It was truly an amazing effort to help protect and preserve habitat in the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuarine System.”
Volunteers cleaned up from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and were provided lunch and door prizes. BTNEP would like to thank all volunteers who took part in the event and would also like to thank Progressive Waste Solutions for providing the dumpsters.
“It is important to keep the waterways clean for this vital ecological habitat, as well as, for the safety of the residents that frequent these areas,” said Moncrief. “We need to continue to educate the community on the proper way to dispose of trash on the waterways.”
BTNEP is one of the 28 national estuary programs in the United States. All or parts of sixteen Louisiana parishes are located in the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary system. The organization was established under the EPA Clean Water Act to protect coastal resources. BTNEP is a partnership of government, businesses, scientists, conservation organizations, agricultural interests and individuals for the preservation, protection, and restoration for the Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary in southeast Louisiana. For more information on BTNEP, visit our website page at www.btnep.org or like us on Facebook.
Posted on Fri, April 22, 2016
by The Lafourche Gazette