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Sep 9, 2011 8:42 AM by Sharlee Barriere

Bacteria Levels High in Parts of Bayou Terrebonne

HOUMA, La. (AP) - An environmental group says a stretch of Bayou Terrebonne between Thibodaux and downtown Houma has extremely high levels of fecal bacteria.
Jennifer Roberts, program director of the Bayou Land Resource Conservation and Development Council, says that at some sites the fecal coliform levels were more than 30 times the acceptable levels.
Some of the worst results were found in Gray and in downtown Houma. Terrebonne Parish Manager Al Levron said most of that pollution comes from homes and neighborhoods using private septic systems. Kerry St. Pe', director of the
Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program, said it's likely that most those private systems are not properly maintained.
Roberts' group is working with state environmental officials on a project to restore Bayou Terrebonne water quality.

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