Neighbors Act on Overgrown Area

photos and details supplied by Robert Thompson

FLASH CLEAN – City Beautifiers strike neighborhood eyesore

Esplanade public right of way returns to “civilized” levels. Fire hydrant discovered! Planted shrubs uncovered! Trash removed, all thanks to volunteer efforts.

At 10 a.m., on Saturday, October 28, 2017, Robert Thompson led the charge for a FLASH-CLEAN! Neighbors met in front of the old Circle K-Half Shell (3101 Esplanade) and mowed, trimmed and cleaned the right-of-way on Esplanade. Robert said he was tired of visitors seeing this mess. Many hands made quick work. Robert brought supplies and tools as did the neighbors who participated. The City Beautiful Committee struck and the area is much nicer now.

This area on Esplanade at Grand Route Saint John needed attention. Robert Thompson organized neighbors to give the area some love.

Brod Bagert uncovers fire hydrant and hawthorne bush previously lost to the thicket. Despite a claim to advanced years, Brod tackled the weeds like a young whippersnapper!

Sally and Catherine knock down blight. They rescue a blooming azalea from the choking weeds!

about a dozen bags of trash. Now visitors can see Faubourg St John and not think it’s unkempt.

Fire hydrant and Indian Hawthorne finally see the light of day again. Thanks to all who helped!


by Sara Beth Howard


Kayakityat ( ) 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

Saturday, June 24th 9AM to 11AM

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



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

Keeping Faubourg St. John Clean and Green

Neighbors Making A Difference

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Robert Thompson is a neighborhood volunteer organizer. Thompson’s primary interest is in small public green spaces, an interest that many of his friends and neighbors share with the Faubourg St. John resident.

Through social media, Thompson helps to facilitate neighborhood projects by spreading the word about neighbor activities and interests, and encouraging people who live in the area to volunteer their help. Thompson also coordinates with NOLA Parks For All, a non-profit support organization that encourages neighbors to take care of their parks and green spaces. The organization often supplies neighborhood volunteers with trash bags and other needed materials as well as helpful tips and information on maintain safe and beautiful green spaces. For practical advice on how to maintain your neighborhood green spaces, contact NOLA Parks For All, or just pick up a rake to get started.

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Article above courtesy Craig Kraemer

Cynthia Sylvain-Lear, Director of City Sanitation, made sure all debris and trash from each of the clean ups was picked up promptly. Thank you!






If you were a child in the early 1970’s, you may remember the public service announcement in the link below. The message is just as a poignant today.

Some people have a deep abiding respect for the natural beauty that was once this country.


Thank you to the great volunteers from near and far
who came out to help keep New Orleans beautiful.



Keeping the Greenway Clean


With the opening of the Lafitte Greenway fast approaching (Summer 2015), NOLA Trash Mob is again teaming up with Friends of Lafitte Corridor to clean up another area adjacent to the new park, and this time we will be teaming up with volunteers from the LSU School of Public Health. TODAY, Saturday, April 11th at 9:30 a.m.

nola-trash-mob-logoEveryone will meet at the Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center (2200 Lafitte Street) THIS MORNING at 9:30am (Saturday, April 11th. The cleanup will start there and spread out in different directions from the center for two hours. It is an exciting opportunity to partner with the Friends of Lafitte Corridor and the LSU School of Public Health!

Groups will mob the area for trash from 9:30 to 11:30, then bring all of the trash gathered to a designated spot so everyone can gather ’round the big pile and smile for a photo. There is a limited supply of gloves, grabbers, and bags. Please feel free to bring your own equipment (rakes, shovels, brooms, heavy duty dustpans) and bags (dark for garbage, clear for recyclables). The weather has cleared so no excuses! Come on out and join the fun.

NOLA Trash Mob is on a mission to change the way that our beautiful city thinks about littering.

With so many people planning on coming out TODAY, please consider bringing tools–rakes, shovels, brooms, heavy duty dustpans, etc.–to supplement the limited number of grabbers.


Major Mob Meeting March 8th

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.


tires-contiPlease share this Sunday’s event with your networks:

We will meet at Jefferson Davis Parkway and Conti Street at 10:30am. Bring bags and gloves if you can, but we will provide a limited supply. Trash mob lasts only an hour, so bring friends to make that hour count!

Upcoming trash mobs:
Please contact us if you would like to jump in for any of the open days for which we don’t have anything scheduled yet. Most listed below are very tentative, so don’t hesitate to request a trash mob for a specific littered location!

Sunday, 11/3/2013 – Conti and Jefferson Davis Pkwy
Sunday, 11/10/2013 – OPEN: YOUR TRASH MOB HERE!
Sunday, 11/17/2013 – Tulane Avenue
Sunday, 11/24/2013 – Broad and Washington: Recall the Wetlands Installation
Sunday, 12/1/2013 – OPEN: YOUR TRASH MOB HERE!
Sunday, 12/8/2013 – Claiborne and MLK
Sunday, 12/15/2013 – Dorgenois and Washington
Sunday, 12/22/2013 – OPEN: YOUR TRASH MOB HERE!
Sunday, 12/29/2013 – Musician’s Houses
Sunday, 1/5/2014 – Second Line Mob

Still to be confirmed:
– New Orleans East Trash Mob, Crowder and I-10, Dwyer
– Irish Channel Mob
– Milan Mob

Thank you for your time and please look through the schedule as well as our Facebook events, spread the word, and come join NOLA Trash Mob!

Daniel Paschall and Chandler Moore
NOLA Trash Mob