by Sara Beth Howard
NEIGHBORS TO REMOVE INVASIVE SPECIES FROM BAYOU ST. JOHN ON JUNE 20 and JUNE 24
Please join your neighbors for some fun and help make a difference on June 20 and June 24
Tuesday, June 20th 12PM to 2PM
Saturday, June 24th 9AM to 11AM
For more information, please visit the facebook pages above or contact Sara at
[email protected] , or call 985-778-5034 or 512-964-9499
WATER HYACINTHS ARE SPREADING RAPIDLY IN BAYOU ST. JOHN AND NEED TO BE REMOVED IMMEDIATELY
Late last Fall, water hyacinths were introduced into the north end of Bayou St. John.
In just six months, it has multiplied many times. It now lines the west bank of Bayou St John from Robert E Lee Blvd to Filmore Ave.
It moves with the wind, so parts have broken off and made their way to other parts of the bayou, likely even beyond the Filmore Avenue bridge.
According to the University of Florida, one plant can grow to cover an acre in one growing season!
This is a very prolific and dangerous invasive aquatic plant that is now threatening the health of Bayou St John. We must carefully manually remove every piece. If one tiny portion of a plant is left, it’ll will become a whole new reproducing plant. We must dispose of it in a place where it dies completely and cannot re-enter any waterways including storm drains that lead back out to Lake Pontchartrain.
This does not only threaten the recreational use of Bayou St. John but, the ecological health we’ve worked so hard to improve.
Kayakityat is coordinating two removal days within a week to in order to ensure the most thorough removal, ideally eradication. It will be up to all of us individually to remove plants as we see them pop up through-out the future.
DAY 1: 12PM to 2PM Tuesday, June 20th. The Barman’s Fund has graciously offered their services.
It is specially scheduled to accommodate service industry folks. Anyone is welcome to join! This will be the bulk of the removal; we’ll get the big obvious patches.
DAY 2: 9AM to 11AM Saturday, June 24th. This removal will be a bit more meticulous.
We’ll have to spread out and look for hidden patches and individual plants along the banks.
Each event will be followed by a swim in Lake Pontchartrain and a bit of lakefront chillin’!
We need the following supplies; any donations are welcome!
2 Pick-Up Trucks that can handle some weight. We need to transport the plants to a composting sight; it may take multiple trips.
Canoes. If you have one, bring it with you. They can hold more plants than a kayak.
Pitch Forks. 3 to 6 at minimum for removal from banks.
Nets with short handles for removal from boats.
Dump Site. Ideally, all this vegetation should be composted. If anyone knows of a business that will take it, let us know.
Anyone with experience removing water hyacinth or taking on similar projects, please share suggestions and/or equipment.
Those interested can contact Sara at 512-964-9499 or [email protected])