EASL participates in?Elmer’s Island cleanup

Staff reports

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and its many partners successfully removed thousands of pounds of debris from the shores of Elmer’s Island at the Trash Bash event held this past weekend.  Nearly 200 individuals dedicated their Saturday morning to the cleanup, an effort organized through the Ocean Conservancy to clean up coasts all over the globe.

LDWF joined forces with the Barataria Terrebonne National Estuary Program, Louisiana Wildlife Federation, East Ascension Sportsman’s League, Grand Isle Community Development Team, US Coast Guard-Grand Isle Station, Grand Isle Port Commission, Town of Grand Isle, Shaw Coastal, Jefferson Parish Environmental, Boy Scouts of America and the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center to organize the event.

At the event, more than 6,000 pounds of debris was collected from a three mile stretch of beachfront property.  Volunteers hauled debris to a dumpster to for disposal. A wide array of items was collected, ranging from pool liners to light bulbs.

The types and quantity of trash collected were recorded on data cards by students and staff from Nicholls State University and will be forwarded to the Ocean Conservancy, which compiles the information from all cleanups around the world.  This information helps identify the source of the debris.

The department will continue the preservation and deposition process at Elmer’s Island by planting cordgrass as well as installing vegetative protective fencing on the property over the course of the next few weeks. 

LDWF wants to remind those wishing to utilize the island to recycle all eligible items and remove all trash when you leave the beach.