Bayou Teche Spring Clean 2016


The cool crisp morning of April 9th started off like any other. Then at 9am in Parks, La, 50 plus volunteers strapped on life jackets, put on gloves, and got their hands dirty to remove garbage from the Bayou Teche National Water Trail. Partnering with Project Front Yard-St. Martin, Keep Louisiana Beautiful, St. Martin Parish Government, The Village of Parks, Bayou Teche Experience, Bayou Teche Brewing, St. Martin Hospital and the Parks Volunteer Fire Dept the TECHE project led the way to remove 1.2 tons of garbage from the banks of Louisiana’s most historic bayou. Items include: 10 lawn chairs, 9 5 gal buckets, 4 auto tires, 4 florescent light bulbs, and 1 and 1/2 boats. Keeping the Bayou Teche watershed free and clear will only promote more visitors to come explore our paddle trail. We want to send a very special thanks to all of those who came and helped motivate others to rise to the challenge. After the cleanup, volunteers were treated to live music, food, and drinks to celebrate our accomplishments. With out the help of our local volunteers and generous donations none of this could be possible. To report litter of invasive species on your area of Bayou Teche please contact Dane Thibodeaux at