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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -
of trash built up on the side of the road and in waterways around Baton Rouge
is nothing new, and while some community groups would like to see parish
government do more to tackle the issue, city officials say they are doing all
lived along Ward Creek near Webb Park in Baton Rouge for 40 years.
from our neighborhood would throw anything in and mainly because we live
here," said Harrell, referring to the piles of trash gathering in the
now close to homes and roadways and changing the living habitat of wildlife
washed in through the streets, through the storm drains and into the
waterways," said Jonathan Scott.
Scott is an
environmental engineer and lives along Bayou Machac. He described a similar
scene on Bayou Fountain behind Highland Road Park, where a tree has blocked the
bayou, causing trash to gather in the water. He and other members of the
community-based Bayou Manchac Group take part in cleanups around the parish and
are urging to city leaders to do more.
you get farther into the older developed areas of Baton Rouge, all the drainage
is underground. You've got open stormed drains along all the streets, gutters
that just flush the trash directly into the waterway," Scott added.
buildup in the watershed in East Baton Rouge is a major concern for some, but
officials from parish government say a skimmer near the campus of LSU is a
perfect example of steps that are being taken to help alleviate the problem.
is an environmental engineer for the parish. Hearn said he and other workers
welcome public input as to the location of trash in area waterways, but added
that limited resources makes cleanups and enforcement of litter statutes
an ongoing problem," Hearn explained. "It's been going on a long time
before me and it will be going on a long time after us. It's just the way
people live and we just have to deal with what we see out there."
agrees but also said if more people had access to the parish waterways, more
would be done to tackle the issue.
there was a paddle access point, a designated paddle trail along the waterways,
people would use it. When people use, they are going to see it and it's going
to raise awareness. They're going to see litter and they are going to ask the
city to do something about it," Scott stated.
officials from BREC are making plans to remove the tree in Bayou
Fountain behind Highland Road Park in the near future and help the Bayou
Manchac Group remove the trash in the water.