The T.E.C.H.E. Project,is partnering with Project Front Yard- St. Martin Parish and Keep St. Martin Beautiful to bring you the 2016 Bayou Teche Watershed Spring Cleaning. An effort organized by The TECHE Project and Project Front Yard-St. Martin Parish along with the help of Keep Louisiana Beautiful and the #GreatAmericanCleanup initiative.

The Bayou Teche Watershed Spring Cleaning will begin at 9 am and will culminate with a community gathering starting at 12pm. Volunteers are asked to “rise to the challenge” to assist with a beautification project on the water and in and around Cecile Rousseau Poche’ Memorial Park in Parks, La. The TECHE Project will have extra boats and life vests for those who don’t have a boat to pick up trash along the banks of the Teche. Do not feel like getting on the water? Come out and get your gear to have a successful cleanup around our beautiful park. Project Front Yard-St. Martin will have gloves, brushes, and paint to help repair playground equipment, and give the park and all around face lift for the upcoming spring season.

The first 25 volunteers to show up will receive a #SpringClean2016 volunteer t-shirt. All cleanup volunteers will receive a complimentary Jambalaya lunch provided by St Martin Hospital and drinks of choice (beer/soda/water). Bayou Teche Brewing will be on hand to showcase some of their craft brews for your drinking enjoyment. At 12:00 pm, Parks native and Grammy Nominated Creole/Zydeco musician Corey Ledet and His Zydeco Band and Jesse Beliveau will lead a musical set to celebrate in our accomplishments. You don’t need to be a volunteer to come out and celebrate Louisiana’s only National Water Trail. Food and beverages will be available and the music is free, so come out and show your support for a cleaner Bayou Teche and St. Martin Parish. You can also show your support by becoming a member of the TECHE Project or doing your part to Keep St. Martin Clean. Special thanks go out to St. Martin Parish Government and Bayou Teche Brewery for their continued support of the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail. This and previous projects could not be possible without the help and support of our many volunteers who have helped to keep our bayou clean.

To report litter or invasive species on your area of the Bayou Teche or in St. Martin Parish please contact @Dane Thibodeaux at techeproject@gmail.com or Holli Guilbeau at hguilbeau@stmartinparish.net.