Organizers are looking for volunteers to help rid Terrebonne bayous, roads and waterways of trash during a cleanup next month.  

The Terrebonne Parish Bayouside Cleanup is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon March 3.

The cleanup, sponsored by the South Louisiana Wetlands Discovery Center in Houma, will end with a party picnic for volunteers. It will include live music and food from noon to 2 p.m. at the center's future home, 112 Library Drive, next to the Courtyard Marriott.

“I’ve recently seen countless posts on social media from people who are upset about the amount of trash throughout our parish," said Jonathan Foret, the center's executive director. "We’re hoping that we can mobilize that energy into something positive by organizing this cleanup. We can use all the volunteers we can get.”

Anyone willing to help is invited to a planning meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bayou Terrebonne Waterlife Museum, 7910 Park Ave.

“A friend of mine from out of town recently told me that he was surprised at the amounts of trash that he saw along the bayou and roadsides in Terrebonne Parish," Foret said. "He was surprised because he heard people from south Louisiana talk about how connected we are to the land and how important it is that we save and protect it. So why do we throw trash and pollute the same land we’re trying to save? I thought to myself, 'He’s got a really good point.' ”

The cleanup made possible by proceeds from the center's annual Halloween Rougarou Fest and a Keep Louisiana Beautiful Healthy grant. Gloves, trash bags and rakes will be provided. For information, call 580-7289.

“We’ve taxed ourselves to build a wonderful levee system that will reduce our risk of flooding to protect our land and property, but we still have people throwing trash out of their boats or car windows or letting it fly out from the backs of their trucks like it’s 1980," Foret said. "It’s time we expect more from our people. It would be great if we didn’t have to do cleanups because people composted, recycled or disposed of their trash properly.”

-- Executive Editor Keith Magill can be reached at 857-2201 or keith.magill@houmatoday.com. Follow him on Twitter @CourierEditor.