How Bayou Vermilion went from the most polluted river to a prized resource

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A trash boom in the Vermilion at the South College bridge. (Photo Credit: Lee Celano)

Article Courtesy of Erin Segura | April 4, 2016 | The Advertiser | Shared as educational material

Beautiful bayou, the most iconic representation of Louisiana culture – draped with Spanish moss, dotted with bright-eyed and eager paddlers enjoying the serenity of nature, free from the distractions of the mechanized world. The 36-mile stretch of Bayou Vermilion that flows through Lafayette Parish is just that. Nearly 40 years ago, the Vermilion earned the infamous title of “most grossly polluted river in the United States.” In 1984, the Louisiana Legislature established the Bayou Vermilion District with funds from property tax revenue to do “any and all acts which would enhance the general condition of the Bayou.”

For more than 30 years, BVD has worked to beautify, conserve and manage Bayou Vermilion in Lafayette Parish. Since starting its trash intake records in 2001, BVD has removed more than 800,000 gallons of trash from the river. The crew also removes large objects such as tires, television sets and other appliances – even cars – in addition to downed trees that can block the flow of the river and create dangerous situations for paddlers and boaters. Since 1984, Bayou Vermilion District has beautified, conserved & managed sites along the Vermilion, preserving Lafayette Parish natural & cultural sources.For full aticle read here: http://bit.ly/2w5QRyI.

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