Keep Terrebonne Beautiful, Our Bayou Inc., the Regional Military Museum and the Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government, along with 80 other volunteers, joined forces to pull off the 7th Annual Bayou Dularge Trash Bash. Terrebonne Parish is known for its abundant seafood and recreational fisheries, and, as such, the bayous and lakes are used by residents and visitors alike. Sometimes, trash blows out of boats and off the docks into the waterways, and these organizations take one Saturday a year to launch boats of all kinds out into the bayous and put this trash in its place. The Military Museum even used its Higgins Boat to ferry garbage bags from smaller boats to the big dumpster. Families with children, fisherman, and people from out of town all come together to collect two 30-yard dumpsters of trash in less than four hours. Then we had a meal together cooked by locals and served at a local marina. After our meal, we gave out a lot of great door prizes donated by local businesses. This is a local, grassroots event that has proven very successful, and KTB is very happy to have a small part in it each year by donating gloves and garbage bags.
The Keep Terrebonne Beautiful Lowe’s/KAB Community Improvement Grant project took place in April. Middle-school students, volunteers of all ages, and, of course, our local Lowe’s Heroes showed up to take part in this amazing wetland restoration project called Floating Islands Marsh Creation. BioHaven Mats made from 100% recycled plastic bottles with pre-cut holes were planted with 210 wetland plants each. The mats were then hauled by volunteers to the water, where they were then anchored to the bottom in about 18 inches of water along a degrading shoreline. The plant roots grow through the BioHaven mat in a short time and anchor to the water bottom, creating a new shoreline. As waves wash over the mats, sediment is captured between the mat and shoreline, thus filling in behind the mat also. The plants continue to multiply and grow beyond the mat filling in the voids. This is a proven method of shoreline restoration, and a project of which all partners are very proud: Lowe’s, Shell Oil, Louisiana Coastal Conservation Association, Terrebonne Parish Government, and local schools. Thanks so much to Lowe’s and Keep America Beautiful for believing in this fantastic project!