Our Views: Big Litter in a bayou

If it’s great that volunteers are pitching in to clean up a historic Louisiana waterway, there is a dreadful lesson in what the cleanup will find pitched in Bayou Lafourche.

Like big pieces of litter and trash, not just beer cans and the like.

This is the third yearly cleanup of the bayou, sponsored by the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program.

About 1,000 volunteers are expected to participate, and they deserve the gratitude of the communities along the bayou, which provides drinking water to Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes.

But Alma Robichaux, of the estuary program, said it’s sometimes alarming what the volunteers will pull out. Clothes, furniture, ice chests, tires and even toilets have been pulled from the water in previous cleanups.

Unfortunately, given the problem of litter — even big litter, like furniture thrown into waterways — we doubt that Bayou Lafourche is much different from many others in Louisiana.

Louisiana’s enormous natural beauty is defaced pretty regularly by the people who live amidst it. And despite tougher laws and efforts to enforce them, and the volunteers like those of the Lafourche project, our mess just seems to get messier.

While we applaud the volunteers who are helping to keep Louisiana beautiful, we wish more people would have more respect for our state before dumping things on roadways and in waterways.