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Permitted recreation projects increase along Bayou Lafourche

Permitted recreation projects increase along Bayou Lafourche


A Thibodaux-based nonprofit says property owners along Bayou Lafourche are getting to work on recreational improvements.

Friends of Bayou Lafourche announced Tuesday that together with the Bayou Lafourche Fresh Water District, they’ve seen an increase in permit applications for private and public bayouside projects this year.

“It is exciting to see individuals and organizations beginning to view the bayou as a recreational and aesthetic asset,” Ryan Perque, executive director of Friends of Bayou Lafourche, said.

Permits more than doubled this year. Sixteen applications were approved in 2018, compared to six in 2017.

The permits are granted through the Bayou Lafourche Water District at no cost to the applicant. They are required for any landowner within the legal boundary of Bayou Lafourche looking to construct wharves, docks, piers, bulkheads, bank erosion prevention or reclamation projects, seawalls, utility crossings or rip-rap placement.

“Permits are not something that we are proud to require but are a necessity in order to prevent encroachments that will impede future projects in Bayou Lafourche,” said Ben Malbrough, executive director of the Bayou Lafourche Freshwater District.

Once submitted, permits are usually approved within 30 days, Malbrough said.

“The BLFWD staff and commissioners are supportive, cooperative and progressive when it comes with enhancing Bayou Lafourche’s recreational opportunities. They make the permit process painless and have eliminated a great deal of the red tape that is often associated with governmental permits,” Perque said.

The Bayou Lafourche Freshwater District streamlined the permit application process in 2017.

Friends of Bayou Lafourche has been working to promote recreation along the waterway since the group’s inception in 2016.

The organization is working with Nicholls State University in Thibodaux to develop a large recreational area along Bayou Lafourche near the college campus.

For information about the permit application or the boundaries for properties requiring a permit, contact Malbrough at 447-7155 or ben.malbrough@blfwd.org.

-- Daily Comet Staff Writer Julia Arenstam can be reached at 448-7636 or julia.arenstam@houmatoday.com. Follow her on Twitter at @JuliaArenstam.