The Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary Program (BTNEP), in conjunction with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Coastal Bend Bays & Estuaries Program (CBBEP), work to better understand the threatened Red Knots in Louisiana. May 28, 2019 — THIBODAUX, La. — From April to early May, flocks of rusty red sandpipers begin to congregate on the shorelines [...]
Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary Foundation announces Home Sewage Assistance Program in the Bayou Folse Watershed
The Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary Foundation, the nonprofit arm of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, is partnering with the Bayou Lafourche Freshwater District and the South Central Planning and Development Commission to survey home sewage systems and to provide funds to homeowners to fix their broken home sewage systems in an effort to improve water quality [...]
The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) holds its Management Conference #87 on May 2nd, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. Management Conference members will vote on the 2020 EPA BTNEP Workplan, but the conference is open to the general public. THIBODAUX, La. — Upon inclusion in the Environmental Protection [...]
Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program Releases Marine Debris Prevention and Education Middle School Lessons
THIBODAUX, La. — In an effort to educate Louisiana teachers and students about marine debris and its effects on the environment and wildlife, the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) has released a free curriculum curated for middle school students and teachers following the Louisiana Science Standards and phenomena. The curriculum was created to address [...]
Volunteers from across the nation gather to clean up all 106 miles of Bayou Lafourche — the area’s drinking water supply source for over 300,000 citizens. THIBODAUX, La. — The Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) announces it’s 8th Annual Bayou Lafourche Cleanup to be held from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on March 23, [...]
More than 40 volunteers traveled to the newly created Spanish Pass Ridge and Marsh Complex in Plaquemines Parish to plant over 3,300 native plants and grasses; providing soil stabilization and habitat for native animals. THIBODAUX, La. — In partnership, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) [...]
EPA releases white paper on preparing for disaster: Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program named
BTNEP featured, as one in four of 28 national estuary programs, in Environmental Protection Agency white paper outlining pre-disaster planning, post disaster recovery and hazard mitigation initiatives. THIBODAUX, La. – In an effort to identify and study the challenges and lessons learned during natural and man-made disasters, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [...]
THIBODAUX, LA – In order to help local residents identify invasive plants and help control their spread, the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) recently published a new residents’ guide titled Managing Invasive Plants. The publication identifies potentially damaging invasive plants and gives residents information on biological control, chemical control with herbicides, and techniques for manual or mechanical control.
Acorns that drop in front of Ellender Memorial Library on the Nicholls State University campus have been collected, grown, and shared with seniors from the 2018 graduating class. Alma Robichaux, Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) Education/Outreach Coordinator, thought of the idea from acorns sprouting in her front yard and thought it would make a great gift for anyone. Robichaux connected with Dr. Mary Jackson, Allied Health Instructor and Advisor to the Nicholls GREEN Club, to suggest the gift giving project. The overall idea to grow the oaks and give them to the graduating seniors originated from the Nicholls GREEN Club in hopes that they plant the trees to improve the local ecosystem.
On April 16, 2018, the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) will share with the public its updated guidance document called a Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP). Since 1990 the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program (BTNEP) has been engaged in the protection and restoration of the 4.2 million acres of land and water that lie between the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers which has been at the heart of Louisiana’s land loss crisis. The modernized Plan has been revised and is now ready for public review.