BREC Awarded Healthy Communities Grant for Watershed Project
Storm Drain murals and community education and engagement to cleanup local waterways.Baton Rouge, LA—
BREC has again been selected as a recipient of the Healthy Communities Grant by Keep Louisiana Beautiful, the State’s premier anti-litter and community improvement organization.
This year’s grant, in the amount of $5,000 will support BREC’s Greenwood Watershed Project, an initiative to educate and engage the community of Baker in order to reduce the amount of litter and non-point source pollution within local waterways. Litter thrown along roadways along with lawn debris, pesticides and fertilizers find their way into local waterways which degrade the lakes and bayous used by the community. The grant funds will be used to launch a unique awareness campaign to include educational signage, community outreach and education within schools. Additionally, BREC is partnering with the local organization, The Walls Project, to paint murals on storm drains throughout the city which deliver a message about the cause while beautifying the city and engaging the public.
“We believe this grant will enable us to not only help protect one of our most beautiful community parks, but to deliver a wider message about the consequences of littering,” said BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight. “I’m extremely excited about working with the Walls Project to use a creative way to deliver the message that when you throw something on the ground it gets transported through the storm drain system and eventually winds up causing serious damage to the lakes, ponds and bayous that we all enjoy; whether it is through fishing, paddling or simply enjoying the beauty of the water around us.”
If the Greenwood Watershed Project proves successful in generating awareness and reducing the amount of floatable trash and pollution in the waterways, BREC intends to implement the campaign in other parts of the parish.
The Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge (BREC) is dedicated to providing parks and recreational opportunities for all residents of the East Baton Rouge Parish. BREC strives to be a leader of environmental sustainability and has a Conservation Department dedicated to keeping local habitats healthy while educating the public about the parish’s natural resources. For more information about BREC’s conservation programs or environmental stewardship, call 225-388-3029 or visit www.brec.org/Conservation.
About Keep Louisiana Beautiful
Keep Louisiana Beautiful (KLB) is a volunteer-based service organization dedicated to a litter free Louisiana. Each year, KLB awards competitive Healthy Communities Grants to organizations across the State as part of its efforts to “promote personal, corporate, and community responsibility for a clean and beautiful Louisiana.” Last year over 23,000 people volunteered more than 107,000 hours with KLB’s affiliates. These volunteers picked up 670,000 lbs. of roadway and waterway litter in an effort to keep our state beautiful.
It is the BREC mission to provide parks and recreational opportunities for all residents of East Baton Rouge Parish.