The TECHE Project is committed to improving the aesthetic and ecological values of the Bayou Teche Watershed. We hope to accomplish this goal by improving the functionality of the bayou’s bank line. 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.
To equip landowners with the knowledge of how to restore their bank-line, we periodically conduct hands-on bank-line restoration workshops. So far, we have done workshops in Breaux Bridge, Leonville and Port Barre. If you would like to see examples of this restoration work, go to the Leonville and Port Barre Paddle trailheads/boat launches, or view this collaborative video on bank-line restoration.
The TECHE Project has also produced a Bank-line Management Guidebook 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.