Teche cleanup volunteers sought

Cajuns for Bayou Teche will hold a clean up Saturday, March 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the city park boat launch in New Iberia.

Organizer Blake Couvillion is asking for volunteers, friends and families to bring their motor boats to help clean debris from Bayou Teche. Cajuns for Bayou Teche is helping to clear the banks of the bayou for New Iberia’s first ever, Dragon Boat Festival.

Close to 50 tons of trash and debris have been pulled out of the Teche in the five years the organization has been volunteering their time on the bayou.

“Cajuns for Bayou Teche and its volunteers has been able to improve the banks of Bayou Teche over the past several years,” Couvillion said. “We love to see new recreational activities such as Tour du Teche and now the Dragon Boat Festival coming to our bayou.”

Volunteers with motor boats are needed to make this effort possible. Kayaks and canoes are also encouraged. Drinks and garbage bags will be provided. Volunteers should bring gloves.

This new Dragon Boat Festival is sure to be a great time, and Cajuns for Bayou Teche wants to ensure that the waterway is fit for residents and guests to have an enjoyable experience.

More information about both events is available at techeproject.com, acadianadragonboatfestival.com. Or email:

blake_couvillion@yahoo.com

Cajuns for Bayou Teche is a program of the TECHE Project, a nonprofit organization supporting programs about Bayou Teche.

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