Residents north of Nunez can update sewer system
The Vermilion Soil and Water Conservation District, together with the Acadiana Resource Conservation & Development (RC&D) Council and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), is proud to announce the launch of the cost-share phase of the Coulee Baton Microwatershed Rural Sewer Improvement Project.
These entities will host a public field demonstration day for the purpose of educating homeowners in the region about approved effluent reducing systems, and the proper care and maintenance of home septic systems. Most importantly, homeowners within the microwatershed will be encouraged to take advantage of the funding available that will cost share in the repair or replacement of their systems. Emphasis will be placed on improving water quality and protecting public health.
In 2006, the Vermilion Soil and Water Conservation District (VSWCD) began a campaign to address non point source (NPS) pollution in the Coulee Baton Microwatershed.
A Cooperative Partnership was formed between 15 federal, state and local agencies along with cooperating landowners and homeowners to monitor NPS pollution and encourage best land management practices to improve water quality. One of the land management issues identified was that of failing home sewer systems, which contribute contamination and nutrient loading into the local waterways. According to the DEQ, “It is estimated that 1,323,600 people in Louisiana treat and dispose of their sewage with individual waste disposal systems, and that over 50% of these systems are malfunctioning because of incompatible soil types or lack of maintenance. These failing systems are a major cause of water quality degradation in Louisiana’s scenic streams and fresh water aquifers.”
The general public is invited to attend The Coulee Baton Public Demonstration Day on November 15, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the LSU AgCenter Extension barn at 1105 W Port Street in Abbeville. An informative slide show presentation will be conducted primarily to highlight septic systems designed to function properly in local soils.
Booths will be available for attendees to view systems, ask questions and sign up for the 60/40 cost share program. A tour of the three demonstration sites will follow from 11:00 - 12:00. A picnic lunch and a Kid’s corner with children’s activities will also be offered.
Dr. Ernest Girouard, Chairman of Vermilion SWCD asserts, “This is an excellent opportunity for homeowners to learn about approved sewer systems and to receive 60 % of federal dollars toward your repair or replacement of your current sewer system. This program is strictly voluntary and there is no obligation to participate. Simply receiving a quote from a licensed contractor to repair or replace your system, will enable you to make a wise decision as whether or not to move forward with the cost share program. This program will only be available to the residents of the Coulee Baton Microwatershed for a short period of time.” Representatives from local banks will be on location to assist with additional funding opportunities.
For more information regarding site location, demonstration systems, cost share component, etc., contact the Vermilion SWCD at 893-5664 ext. 3 or the Acadiana RC&D Council at 896-0362 ext. 3. An RSVP is not necessary, but requested if you plan to attend.