Bayou Vermilion Journeyed from Extremely Polluted River to a Valuable Water 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

One of Louisiana’s icons, a bayou provides a place for recreation and natural serenity. But the 36-mile portion of Vermilion that flows through Lafayette Parish did not always provide such a haven. Almost 40 years ago, the Bayou garnered the infamous title of “most grossly polluted river in the United States.” By 1984, the Louisiana Legislature set up the Bayou Vermilion District (BVD) and appropriated funds from property tax revenue to better the condition. For over 30 years, BVD has worked to conserve the bayou. BVD began recording trash intake in 2001. Since then, river has had removed more than 800 thousand gallons of trash. BVD removes other objects such as tires, television sets, cars, and downed trees. These large objects can block the river and be dangerous. For full aticle read here: http://bit.ly/2w5QRyI.

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