A mountain of trash picked up in one day
By Ken Grissom
ARNAUDVILLE – A handful of volunteers gathered a small mountain of trash and debris from the swollen waters of Bayou Teche here on March 28.
The effort was part of a general clean-up of the area launched by the Arnaudville Chamber of Commerce as a separate organization, Cleanup La Jonction.
Adding to the impetus is the prospect for a major canoe race on Bayou Teche next spring having the potential to draw people from all around the country.
The next Bayou Teche cleanup will be from Arnaudville heading north toward Port Barre, said the Chamber’s Betty Roy.
“We need more boats and more hands,” she said. “Please pass the word.”
Cleanup La Jonction. will meet this Saturday, April 4, at 9 a.m. at Cypress City Antiques on Highway 93 (coming into Arnaudville from Grand Coteau) to do a sweep along an area roadside.
Blake Couvillion organized last month’s effort. Participating were Chris Albert, Camille Blanchard and trusties from the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office, Brandon Benoit, Lance Benoit, Richard and Anya Burgess, Danny and Myra Fabacher, Adam Fisher, Danny Frazier, Kristen Kordecki from Acadiana R&DC, Debbie LaGrange, George and Rita Marks at NuNu’s (which chipped in a great gumbo), Marie Orgeron, Jacques Privat with Keep St. Martin Beautiful, Mike Reed, DEQ, Rod Roy.
At 124 miles long, Bayou Teche would be one of only three “super marathons” in the United States. The 260-mile Texas Water Safari and the 120-mile AuSable River Canoe Marathon in Michigan draw hundreds of participants from all over the country and aboard.