Contraband Bayou getting cleaned up

By Jason Belk - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The Contraband Bayou and the many other bodies of water in Calcasieu Parish are a place for people to relax, have a good time, and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

But the trash accumulating along the shores has Lake Charles resident Eric Stevens leading the charge for a change.

"For me it's sort of personal, because I grew up on the water. My parents have lived on the water for 48 years and I've been coming up down this bayou my entire life. Just to see it in the state that it's in and the state that it could be in, it's just not acceptable," said Stevens.

Litter is not the only thing along the bank, this afternoon the Marine Division of the Sheriff's Office removed dozens of tires scattered throughout the bayou.

"It's a great effort that we're participating in, and a lot of people are getting involved in it in Louisiana now, trying to clean the state up and we're just trying to set and example here," said Bill Terry of the Marine Division.

In order to take a stand against the litter, Stevens has organized an event called the Contraband Bayou Cleanup for April 24th.

Stevens along with the rest of the cleanup board are looking for volunteers to come out that day and clean trash along the water, an event he hopes will continue for years to come.

"We want to make this an event that we can replicate every year and grow so that we can include Calcasieu Lake, Prien Lake, Lake Charles, Calcasieu River and the entire river shed," said Stevens, "Because there's a lot of land based cleanup activities that go on, but this is really the only water based one that hopefully we can keep steam and keep it going."

The clean up of the bayou is something that many hope is only getting started.

For more information on how you can help with the clean-up visit this web site:

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