NEIGHBORS TO REMOVE INVASIVE SPECIES FROM BAYOU ST. JOHN ON JUNE 20 and JUNE 24

by Sara Beth Howard

NEIGHBORS TO REMOVE INVASIVE SPECIES FROM BAYOU ST. JOHN ON JUNE 20 and JUNE 24

Kayakityat ( http://kayakitiyat.com/ ) is hosting two events on June 20th and June 24th to remove the invasive water hyacinths from the north end of Bayou St John.

Please join your neighbors for some fun and help make a difference on June 20 and June 24

Tuesday, June 20th 12PM to 2PM
https://www.facebook.com/events/487442778269543

Saturday, June 24th 9AM to 11AM
https://www.facebook.com/events/1790765734586521

For more information, please visit the facebook pages above or contact Sara at
info@kayakitiyat.com , or call 985-778-5034 or 512-964-9499

WATER HYACINTHS ARE SPREADING RAPIDLY IN BAYOU ST. JOHN AND NEED TO BE REMOVED IMMEDIATELY

CLICK ON THE MAP FOR A LARGER VIEW OF THE SPREAD OF WATER HYACINTHS IN BAYOU ST. JOHN

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 info@kayakitiyat.com)

Major Mob Meeting March 8th

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Get ready for the Great American Clean-Up Day,
co-hosted by the good people of the Friends of Lafitte Corridor and
NOLA Trash Mob.

On Sunday 8 March, community service organizations will come together across from the U.S. Post Office on Bayou St. John (501 N Jefferson Davis Pkwy) at 9:30am for coffee and pastries compliments of Mid-City Market!

This will be a major Trash Mob event. It’s an offer you can’t refuse.

The event will start with background information and tips on how to be safe when picking up litter. Around 10am, participants will split up into small teams and focus on areas adjacent to the Lafitte Greenway. The clean-up should last for about two hours. When the mission is complete, the group will gather together to take some pictures in front of the trash collected.

In addition to FOLC and NOLA Trash Mob, the University of Georgia’s IMPACT program will join the mob at 9:30 a.m. on March 8th where Bayou St. John meets Jefferson Davis Parkway. This should be a fun trash mob that makes a big difference.

Some supplies, including bags for trash and recycling and gloves will be provided. A limited number of grabbers and orange vests will be available for those who want them. Please feel free to bring your own supplies. Bringing your own supp that would be most awesome and sincerely appreciated.

Please join the fun at 9:30 on Sunday, March 8th where Jefferson Davis Parkway meets Bayou St. John!

uga-logoThe University of Georgia’s Urban Environmental Awareness group will travel to New Orleans, Louisiana to explore the relationship between busy, bustling cities and mother nature. During the week of service the uga-impactgroup will be going to places like Green Light New Orleans, The Green Project and will join in the Great American Clean-up at 9:30 a.m. on March 8th at Jefferson Davis Parkway and Bayou St. John in New Orleans, LA. From these local environmental service and advocacy organizations the students will learn what they can do to make cities more sustainable. In addition to community service, the group will get the chance to explore the rich culture of New Orleans.

BAYOU CLEANUP September 21st

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Volunteers will meet at the Bayou Kayaks launch site at 1101 Florida Ave (near the LSU Dental School) at 9 a.m. on September 21st and collect debris until 11 a.m. Kayaks will be available for use on a first come first serve basis. Volunteers on foot are especially important as there are many items to be collected along the banks. Please join the Bayou Clean Up on Saturday, September 21st to keep Bayou St John beautiful.

Meet at 9 a.m. on September 21st at Bayou Kayaks’ Launch Site, 1101 Florida Ave
(on the bayou near the LSU Dental School).

** Clean up from a kayak (if you get there early) or clean up the banks & the bayou on foot.
** Food will be served to those helping with the clean-up. (grilled foods)
** T-shirts
** Receive a $10 off kayak rentals for helping!
** Be the FIRST to experience the SUP (stand-up paddleboards) that Bayou Kayaks will offer soon.
For those who want to stick around after the clean-up, take a spin on the board for up to 30 min for free!

** Looking to let a Food Truck know about the event, so if you know any that might be interested, e-mail us at bayoukayaks@gmail.com Thank you!

Volunteers will meet at the Bayou Kayaks launch site at 1101 Florida Ave (near the LSU Dental School) at 9 a.m. on September 21st and collect debris until noon. Kayaks will be available for use on a first come first serve basis. Volunteers on foot are especially important as there are many items to be collected along the banks.

Please join the Bayou Clean Up on Saturday, September 21st to keep Bayou St John beautiful.