Lower Teche not in scenic rivers
Lower Bayou Teche has been removed from inclusion on the nomination into the state’s Natural and Historic Scenic Rivers program.
Rep. Sam Jones, D-Franklin, said a new resolution on the issue presented by Rep. Stephen Ortego of Carencro has been authorized by the state legislature. The resolution includes only upper portions of Bayou Teche.
The original resolution included the entire Bayou Teche, a 135-mile waterway that begins near Port Barre and flows to the Lower Atchafalaya River.
Public sentiment at a hearing held last month in Baldwin leaned against the designation.
Jones said he and Sen. Brett Allain, R-Franklin, worked together to get the new resolution.
“We’re out of it now,” Jones said Tuesday.
“We were led to believe that this would only be for the upper Teche,” Allain said of the original resolution after the Baldwin public hearing.
Jones said citizens of the Arnaudville area still included in the resolution were more in favor of the designation.