Towns on Bayou Teche working on water quality and testing to improve
St. Martinville – Municipalities in St. Landry, St. Martin and Iberia parishes have agreed to test water quality on Bayou Teche on a quarterly basis.
Eric Martin, former mayor of St. Martinville, initiated the effort.
“Long term water quality monitoring is important if we want to promote recreational use such as, canoeing, fishing and swimming in Bayou Teche,” Martin said. “Our towns and businesses want to be sure communities and guests can enjoy clean and safe water all year long.”
Martin collaborated with Dr. Whitney Broussard, Institute for Coastal Ecology and Engineering at UL Lafayette, and Kristen Kordecki, Bayou Teche Coordinator at Acadiana Resource Conservation and Development, to develop a plan of action.
Several cities and towns, including Port Barre, Arnaudville, Breaux Bridge, St. Martinville, Jeanerette and Baldwin have agreed to collect water from the Bayou in their respective areas and analyze the water for oxygen levels and pollutants such as nutrients, sediments, and sewer system wastewater.
“I applaud the mayors and city councils for prioritizing water quality and Bayou Teche,” said Martin. “The message our towns are sending is that Bayou Teche is an important part of our identity and we want to protect it.”
The results will be shared between the towns along the bayou and with the public in an effort to create a comprehensive set of data to guide efforts to improve water quality.