Bank-line Restoration Projects
The TECHE Project has taken the initiative to improve the aesthetic and ecological values of the Bayou Teche Watershed. We believe that a naturalized bank-line not only improves the visual quality for the passing boater, but it also provides wildlife habitat, improves water quality and, most importantly, reduces erosion.
The TECHE Project is partnering with the Iris Conservation Initiative to plant native BlueFlag irises along the bank. We have planted two sites at City Park in New Iberia and at the dock location in Charenton. In 2023, we plan to plant irises at the dock locations at Poche Bridge and Leonville.
The TECHE Project has also produced a Bank-line Management Guide for bank landowners that details bank-line restoration techniques and provides insight on appropriate plants and where to acquire them. The guidebook also addresses other landowner concerns such as sewerage treatment, groundwater retention measures and nuisance wildlife control.
This guidebook is available to download for FREE here.