THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — The Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality says it will collect data on water being discharged from facilities along Bayou Terrebonne in an effort to crack down on unpermitted discharges of sewage from commercial facilities.
The study will start in February with DEQ environmental scientists visiting facilities between Thibodaux and the Intracoastal Waterway. The scientists will determine if businesses discharging into the bayou have permits and are in compliance with them.
DEQ says that the upper portion of Bayou Terrebonne suffers from a lack of dissolved oxygen and excessive levels of fecal coliform, nitrate/nitrite and phosphorus. The agency suspects the poor quality is due to sewage discharges.
The testing is expected to be done by the end of the summer.