Bayou Land is looking for a Watershed Coordinator! This Coordinator will lead the comprehensive watershed planning and implementation effort that is funded through Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (Section 319) Nonpoint Source Pollution Program and administered through the Bayou Land RC&D Council.
Click here to see if you qualify! Apply by October 25th to be considered for the position.
Bayou Land alwas has a great time working with Tulane's Center for Public Service. We work with students for semester-long internships and also smaller service-learning projects. This year CPS held a great party for it's nonprofit partners at Cafe Reconcile, and Bayou Land's Community Ambassador Julia was featured in their news blog! Read the article and see the photo here.
Get Your Native Plants of Coastal Louisiana ID Booklet!
As part of our Louisiana Native Plant Initiative, Bayou Land RC&D produced a Plant ID Guide and plant ID workshops. To read more about these workshops and downloard your FREE copy of the ID Booklet, click here.
The purpose of this guide is to help users identify common native plants of Coastal Louisiana. These plants provide valuable habitat to coastal and estuarine communities and play a crucial role in shoreline stabilization. This effort is the first in a series of initiatives aimed at building a collaborative, open-access, community-driven resilience campaign that will offer citizens a means to take an active role in the recovery of the Gulf coastline.
If you would like a hard copy, or know of someone who does, let us know. We've got a lot to give out to communities, but they are going fast!
Bayou Land RC&D has been working to clean and mark storm drains in Orleans Parish since last summer, and now has begun the same process in Terrebonne Parish. In both Parishes Bayou Land sponsored a design competition with local students, and then we turned the winning designs into actual storm drain markers. We have been working to raise awareness in both communities, as well as working with volunteers, neighborhood groups, schools, or any interested citizens to get those markers down on the drains! If you are interested in receiving free storm drain markers for your neighborhood, please reach out to us! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a time for us to come talk with your community or Click here to visit our Drain Cleaning Page.
Most people don't realize that storm water in Orleans Parish drains into Lake Ponchartrain untreated, and in Terrebonne Parish into Bayou Terrebonne untreated. That is why it is SO important not to dump trash, chemicals, or other hazardous materials into the storm drains. Keeping drains clean also helps to prevent flooding in your neighborhood and home. And cleaning storm drains is fun! - Just view photos and reports of some of the larger events we've done on our ELCA Tip the Block Page and our Make A Difference Day page.
Nola For Life
Neighbors, Leaders & Students rocked through the cleaning & marking of 80 storm drains in the summer heat last July in Gert Town. Bayou Land was pleased to partner with the City of New Orleans for this Nola For Life Volunteer Day, a part of the Mayor's Nola For Life program that strives to prevent crime by revitalizing neighborhoods.
Over 270 volunteers came out to Norwood Thompson playground to pick up trash, plant trees, clean storm drains, change light-bulbs, and much more. You can view all our photos from the day here. The event was also written up on Nola.com, which you can read here. Thanks to everyone that came out and made that day such a success - especially our storm drain cleaning and marking crew! (pictured below)
Global Youth Servie Month
Bayou Land participated in Global Youth Service Day this year for the first time ever, but we simply had too many different youth groups to serve to have only one event. Instead, we extended our project to become a Global Youth Service Month. We held 7 seperate planting and storm drain cleaning events all over southeast Louisiana and with youth ranging from age 5 to 22. We planted hundreds of native plants including; Irises, Cypress Trees, Sand Live Oak, and other grasses all across Southeastern Louisiana. These native plants that we planted will help to stabilize the dunes and riparian zones where we planted them, as well as decrease flooding in the lots and nearby neighborhoods that we targeted. We were also able to clean and mark 181 storm drains, which will serve to beautify the neighborhoods, prevent nonpoint source pollution from being swept into our waterways, and lastly prevent street flooding. Read more about our Earth Day planting and other Global Youth Service Day Events here.
Earth Day fell during that Global Youth Service Month this year, which gave us a fantastic opportunity to connect kids with nature. We planted 100 native Cypress Trees in Grand Caillou with elementary students to celebrate Earth Day on April 2oth. You can view fantastic photos from the day here.
The next day, April 21st, we headed to Bayou St. John in New Orleans where we planted native grasses along the Bayou with volunteers, and then spent the day talking with community members at Louisiana Bucket Brigade's Earth Day Festival. You can view photos and read more about that event here.
On December 19th, Bayou Land worked with Nicholls State University Students, as well as other great volunteers, to plant Cypress trees in 3 Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) lots in Terrebonne Parish. We planted 150 trees in just 5 hours - great work guys! Click here to see photos from the day and read about the HMGP lots.
OnJuly 19th, 20th & 21st of summer 2012 Bayou Land RC&D participated in Tip the Block with hundreds of ELCA Youth and other organizations. Bayou Land RC&D partnered with Green Light New Orleans and other organizations for Tip the Block, a program that organizes environmental advocacy efforts block-by-block.Volunteers from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's (ELCA) 2012 National Youth Gathering were amazing. They got down and dirty helping us to clean out and mark over 350 storm drains in New Orleans!
In the Spring of 2012 Bayou Land RC&D helped Zion Traveler's Cooperative Center build 2 beautiful community gardens. These 12' by 14' gardens were built by hand by Bayou Land and ZTCC members in early May. They planted tomatoes, eggplant, carrots, green onion, wild onion, sweet peppers, hot peppers, herbs, and native pollinators (Purple Gayfeather, Coreopsis, and Purple Coneflower). The ZTCC included caring for these gardens as part of their green-time vs. screen-time initiative. You can click here to see Bayou Land featured in a video prepared by the ZTCC about their goal of connecting children to the environment!
Brand New Gardens on May 2 Gardens on June 22
The kids had a great time showing off the food they had grown to Program Coordinator Blaise when we he came to visit. Here are some kids picking green onions, and Ronald proudly displaying an eggplant. Blaise also brought some Native Plant ID guides to drop off at the Center, and those were a big hit as you can see in third picture.