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Thousands to Toast the Coast nationwide

Thousands to Toast the Coast nationwide

The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) is asking residents of the Estuary to join in a nationwide “Toast to the Coast” in celebration of the annual National Estuaries Day.

BTNEP is part of a network of 28 National Estuary Programs working to improve and restore the nation’s most important estuaries – the vibrant coastal areas where rivers meet the sea.

“We would like residents to raise a glass in appreciation to our estuary that provides so much to our communities,” said Dean Blanchard, BTNEP Interim Program Director. “Our estuary serves as an important factor in our culture and our heritage.”

BTNEP invites its supporters to give a toast to the coast by taking a picture of themself, a group or organization toasting the coast and submitting it to BTNEP to be posted on Facebook and BTNEP website. Photos will be posted the week of September 22nd, leading up to National Estuaries Day on the 27th. Those that participate will be joined by thousands of individuals and organizations around the country celebrating with toasts and other National Estuaries Day events.

Pictures can be submitted by email to

BTNEP is one of 28 National Estuary Programs throughout the United States and its territories and includes all or parts of 16 Louisiana parishes that are located in the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary system. The Barataria-Terrebonne estuarine complex encompasses the 4.2 million acres of wetlands, ridges, forests, farmlands, and communities between the Mississippi and Atchafalaya River Basins in southeast Louisiana.

Bayou Lafourche separates this complex into two basins, Barataria Basin to the east, and Terrebonne Basin to the west.

Nationwide, approximately 110 million people, or more than half of all Americans, live near an estuary and enjoy the many benefits estuaries provide. These benefits include jobs in industries like agriculture, commercial fishing, power generation, tourism, shipping, and even brewing and winemaking.

Estuaries also provide much more than jobs and wages. They provide habitat for fish, shellfish, shorebirds, waterfowl, and other wildlife. Hundreds of species use the protection of estuaries to breed, hunt, and raise their young. This, in turn, attracts tourists; as many as 180 million a year, according to a 1993 study. The salt marshes and wetlands used by these species also provide coastal residents with protection from hurricanes and storm surges.

For more information about Toast Your Coast or National Estuaries Day, call BTNEP at (985) 447-0868.