In Memory of Mary Lynn Hebert Thibodeaux

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Dane Thibodeaux is the Bayou Operations Director forTECHE Project. For the years that he’s been devoting himself to cleaning up the bayou, we at TECHE Project got to know his dad, Clayus Thibodeaux. Clayus is always by his side, pulling trash, hyacinth, and appliances out of the Teche, But, Dane’s Mom, we didn’t get to know. We wish we had gotten to know her better. She left this world on Friday. Dane tells us that she was the push to both of them to get out there and make a difference. It was her love of the Teche that inspired them. Or at least she scared them enough to get them motivated. We hear she could be a persuasive woman. It is with admiration and thanks that we say goodbye to Mary Lynn Hebert Thibodeaux. Thank you for giving us Dane and Clayus.

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April 18th Bayou Clean Up, City Park in New Iberia

LCG_PFY_LogowithTagThe next bayou clean up “Trash Bash and Boogie” is scheduled on April 18th, 2015 at City Park in New Iberia in conjunction with Project Front Yard-Iberia Parish parish wide clean up day. We are Partnering with the Iberia ON TAP Association to make this fun for all and for a good purpose.

Great News for Our Bayou…

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Release Date:  January 21, 2015

Contact:    Corita Waters, corita_waters@nps.gov 202-354-6908

New Water Trails Designated in Louisiana and Michigan

WASHINGTON – Whether you travel north or south this year, two new national water trails provide the opportunity to explore and connect to America’s waterways.

Recognizing the achievements of federal, state, and local partners, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell has designated the Bayou Teche Paddle Trail and the Huron River Water Trail as the 17th and 18th trails of the National Water Trails System.

“Expanding water trails nationwide improves the environment and adds value to local economies,” said Secretary Jewell. “The National Water Trail System helps people discover the natural beauty and history of local places and provides fun opportunities for families to explore the world around them.”

National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said, “The National Park Service collaborates closely with partners to develop these water trails, which provide health, social, and economic benefits to their local communities.  “These joint efforts help us reach new communities and educate them about the importance of preserving the natural and cultural heritage that can be found in their own backyards.”

The Bayou Teche Paddle Trail in Louisiana wanders for 135 miles through four parishes and 13 towns along a historically and culturally significant bayou. This trail promotes the natural beauty of south Louisiana and integrates the history of the people and the land while providing access for paddlers of all abilities.

The Huron River Water Trail is a 104-mile-long inland paddling trail allowing exploration of the river’s natural and historic resources and the communities along the river in Michigan. Offering access to flat-water paddling through picturesque scenery, the Huron River Water Trail has stimulated local economies, encouraged people to enjoy the outdoors and strengthened community pride, partnerships and collaboration.

The National Water Trail System is a network of national exemplary water trails that can be sustained by an ever-growing water trail community.  Water trails are catalysts for protecting and restoring the health of local waterways and surrounding lands.  They also provide a connection for current and future generations to the nature, history and adventure that can be found on the water.

Explore the entire National Water Trails System through a dynamic collection of videos, stories and pictures at www.nps.gov/watertrails. While you’re there, check out the online toolbox to learn more about best management practices from national water trails across the country.

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Frequently asked questions about the

designation and Paddle Trail are here.

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Party for our Members. Join or Renew your Membership now!

TECHEProject2015inviteJanuary 31, 2015 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at our business member’s place, Poche’s Country Club. Join us on the bayou for our Annual Members Banquet with Shane K. Bernard as Keynote Speaker. Door prizes, silent auction, bocce, croquet, and other outdoor games (weather permitting). Food provided, free LA 31 beer and a Cash Bar. Free to Members. So join or renew now!