Bayou LaFourche clean-up scheduled

Staff Report
Bayou LaFourche, Donaldsonville

     THIBODAUX – The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) will be hosting the 2016 Bayou Lafourche Cleanup on March 12 from 8 a.m. to noon. The purpose of the cleaning is to raise awareness about marine debris, as well, to clean the body of water that provides the drinking water for area residents. The event is projected to clean 106 miles of the bayou from Donaldsonville to Leeville.

      While the cleaning will be done mostly from boats, volunteers will also be needed to clean in areas around bridges and along the bayou side. Volunteers for the planning team are also needed.

     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.