Tag: Bayou Manchac

Bayou Manchac/ Ward Creek Cleanup

A few of my friends, Nathanial Klumb and Jonathan Scott, have been busy cleaning up our area waterways. They have made amazing strides toward restoring our bayous to their former glory. Jonathan and Nathanial are President and Vice President of a  organization called The Bayou Manchac Group. Their mission is to maintain and enhance the ecological integrity of Bayou Manchac and it’s tributaries by seeking methods to balance conservation and development.

Above picture of Ward Creek taken by Jonathan Scott

The Bayou Manchac Group will soon be organizing a trash pick-up in Baton Rouge. I will be posting more information if any local readers would like to participate.

It takes one person to make a difference, it takes a community to create a movement!

Below is a timelapsed video made by Nathanial Klumb during one of his many trash hauls. Please watch these videos to see what a difference a few people can make in one day.

Check us out! www.bayoumanchac.org

Like us on Facebook! Click here.

Bayou Manchac Pollution

This post is to raise awareness around my community. Bayou Manchac has been a dumping ground for garbage and unwanted household items. It has been a disposal for raw sewage from campers and campsites. It has become a disgusting cest pool that flows through our subdivisions wealthiest, around our children’s schools, by our well water systems -yet somehow people have managed to continue to ignore the issue. How?

There have recently been some articles in local papers with the concern of sewage from (or around) Alligator Bayou. The smell has caused the community anguish especially those living next door. However, the problem is much greater than that general area. Our waterways have become unsafe, uninhabitable waste dumps. Toxic to those living near them, as well as the animals that rely on it to survive.

Below: Bayou Manchac trash between EBR BREC Manchac Park and Hwy 73

Visit http://www.bayoumanchac.org or www.bayoumanchac.com to find out ways you can be help YOUR community.

I have another article regarding the pollution right outside my home. Click here to view. This is not a one time occurrence.  This is everywhere.

Pollution of our Waterways

Thou know’st ’tis common—all that lives must die, Passing through nature to eternity. – William Shakespeare

This is really a shame. Our Ascension Parish community can do better! This is what I look at every day during my morning workout. The land across the way is East Baton Rouge Parish (Hoo Shoo Too Rd.)

Bayou Manchac is such a beautiful and historic body of water. Books are written about this bayou and its importance.

  • “Winding through Time: The Forgotten History and Present Day Peril of Bayou Manchac” by Mary Ann Sternberg
  • “Bayou Manchac and it’s People” by Leroy E. Willie
  • “Bayou Underground: Tracing the Mythical Roots of American Popular Music” by Dave Thompson
  • “Manchac Swamp: Louisiana’s Undiscovered Wilderness” by Julia Sims and John Randolph Kemp

It seems now people have been using it as a garbage disposal. This is not only dangerous for the wildlife and environment but also for boaters passing through this winding bayou. Please contact Tommy Martinez – our Ascension Parish President.

The above photograph is a brand new washing machine.