(April 30, 2012) -The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries in conjunction with Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program is calling for volunteers for their annual Elmer’s Island Beach Sweep on Saturday, May 12. Enjoy a morning on the beach and in the dunes while cleaning up Elmer’s Island from 8 a.m. to noon.
Trash is often dumped directly into the Gulf of Mexico by careless recreational and commercial boaters, and is also left on site by beach-goers. This is the third annual event to rid the beach of this unsightly and harmful debris.
The annual beach sweep is made possible by numerous partnerships including the Louisiana Wildlife Federation and The Nature Conservancy and through the sponsorship of Barefoot Wines.
Anyone can participate – individuals, families, schools, youth groups, civic and conservation clubs or businesses. Lunch and all necessary supplies will be provided.
Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required. To register, contact Joe Dantin at (985) 449-4715.
Elmer’s Island Refuge is a barrier island located in Jefferson Parish southwest of Grand Isle, bordered by LA 1 and the Gulf of Mexico. The island is well known for excellent fishing opportunities for many popular species such as speckled trout, white trout, flounder, redfish, kingfish, black drum, croaker, Spanish mackerel and many other species that frequent the state's coastal beaches and passes. It also provides non-consumptive outdoor opportunities to observe wading, shore and seabirds as well as coastal marine life.
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is charged with managing and protecting Louisiana's abundant natural resources. For more information, visit us at www.wlf.louisiana.gov on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ldwffb or follow us on Twitter @LDWF.
BTNEP is one of 28 National Estuary Programs throughout the United States and its territories. The National Estuary Program was established by Congress through section 320 of the Clean Water Act or 1987. The Barataria-Terrebonne estuarine complex became a National Estuary in 1990.
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