The environmental watchdogs that are the Atchafalaya Basinkeeper have filed a notice of violation in response to a partially dismantled man-made dam, left behind from Bayou Jack Logging LLC, that now blocks navigation through Bayou Duquesne.
According to press release from ABK, there are also numerous logs that seem to have been pushed into the waterway by the timber company in an effort to further block navigation of and natural flow of Bayou Duquesne, which is part of a canoe trail designated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers connecting Bayou Courtableu to the Indian Bayou area as well as the Henderson Swamp.
This marks the second notice of violation—which informs a person, business or organization that a district rule, state law or legal permit has been violated—the Atchafalaya Basinkeeper has sent to the Plaucheville based timber company, which halted its lumbering activities after receiving a cease and desist order from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and threat of lawsuit from Dean Wilson, executive director of ABK. If the dam and logs are not fully removed by the timber company, a full lawsuit will soon follow from the ABK.
For more on the Bayou Duquesne damming, check out Teche News coverage here. For more information about the Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, visit BasinKeeper.org.
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