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Bayou filled with trash and filth to clean sweep

3 years 2 months 1 week ago April 18, 2014 Apr 18, 2014 Friday, April 18 2014 April 18, 2014 4:52 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Ryan Naquin

BATON ROUGE - People with paddle boards, canoes, and small boats will invade Bayou Fountain Saturday morning to rid the waterway of trash and filth that's settled along the stream.

The Bayou Manchac group along with Paddle BR will begin the cleanup at 9 a.m. at the Highland Road Park paddle launch site. 

Volunteers will cleanup a 3.5-mile stretch between Bluebonnet Swamp and Bayou Manchac.

The groups blame the litter on no control over Baton Rouge street drainage which flows directly to waterways.

Trash from Bayou Fountain makes its way to Bayou Manchac, the Amite River, the Diversion Canal, Lake Maurepas, Pass Manchac, Lake Pontchartrain, and the Gulf of Mexico, according to Jonathan Scott with Bayou Manchac Group.

The groups have removed nearly 30 blockages of trash in order to allow paddlers to explore the bayou as in years past.

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