59°
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
3 Day Outlook
Wed
81°
59°
0%
Thu
87°
67°
20%
Fri
86°
70°
80%

Latest Weather Blog

Follow our weather team on social media

Litter clogging Iberville bayous

2 years ago Monday, June 18, 2012 3:07:36 PM CDT June 18, 2012 Monday, June 18 2012 Jun 18, 2012 in News
Source: WBRZ

PLAQUEMINE- Iberville Parish leaders are starting a campaign to stop littering in their bayous.

Leaders fear litter in the city's streets and neighborhoods is winding up in nearby bayous, and could be detrimental to tourism as well as the ecosystem.

"It makes the bayou look terrible and that's the first thing you see when you drive into our city," said John Clark, the parish's environmental manager.  "Not only that, it affects water quality. Any type of substance that enters the bayou that isn't supposed to be there is gonna use up oxygen."

Clark thinks much of the trash doesn't come from near the bayou, but travels from a distance via the parish's storm drains.

"If you live away from the bayou and you accidentally litter or litter for whatever reason, its gonna get washed directly into drains in our bayou," said Clark.

Currently the state Department of Environmental Quality is monitoring the water and testing oxygen levels. Clark says you can help by picking up litter when you see it, or join a trash pickup program.

More News

comments powered by Disqus

Desktop News

Click to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
5 Days
Radar
Today
Not Available
59°
56°
Wed
Partly Cloudy
81°
59°
Thu
Mostly Sunny
87°
67°
Fri
AM T-Storms
86°
70°
Sat
T-Storms
83°
73°