Louisiana Storm Water Coalition tackling litter in EBR

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The Louisiana Storm Water Coalition is looking to clean up bayous with hopes of a litter free city.

Along Bayou Fountain, trash sits on the banks and when it rains it makes its way into the water

“Lets fix this, it’s not that hard. For decades we have done nothing,” said a member of Louisiana Storm Water Coalition Marie Constantin

Trash and debris can clog up drains, making it bad for the environment, now the Louisiana storm water coalition is taking matters into their own hands.

“We deal with a one prong approach in Louisiana and that’s probably why we’re so filthy and that’s probably why we flood so much, said Constantin.

For years, Nathaniel Klumb spent hours in a kayak, pedaling through Louisiana’s bayous, picking up any trash he can find.

“It’s Louisiana we get rain anything that floats will end up getting washed into our storm drains, it’ll wash down into the bayous and if there’s nothing there to stop it from going, it’ll just float down,” said Paddle BR’s founder Nathaniel Klumb.

During his cleanup’s, he’s seen it all.

“You’ll run across strange things like little baby crocs and winter ducks,” said Klumb.

Their efforts are getting assistance from a new boom that will soon be installed, making the litter catching job easier.

“It’s caught in the boom then a kayak can just roll over that top part there, the yellow part and scoop it out and put it into trash bags,” said Louisiana Storm Water Coalition’s co-founder Kelly Hurtado

The boom is 75-feet long and will be tied to trees, stretching across the water.
There are also plans to take their efforts a step forward, hoping to make real change.

“If we would’ve had this in place 34 years ago, I promise you there are houses, cars and live that would’ve been spared,” said Constantin.

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