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The TECHE Project awarded $90,000 for Bayou Teche improvements

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A project along the Teche aimed at bringing more recreation and water access to cities and towns along the bayou has been awarded a federal grant. 

The grant is given out by the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism made the announcement in Franklin Monday. The TECHE Project has been awarded $89,908 through a federal grant through the Recreational Trails Program (RTP).

According to a release, RTP is a federal program which draws funds from taxes levied on fuel sales for recreational vehicle and is administered by the Federal Highway Administration. 

The TECHE Project is set to consist of dock installations and large exhibits designed to orient water users and pedestrians along the length of the river. The program prides itself on leading the way in producing events that Embrace, Explore, and Enrich this important natural, historic, scenic, cultural and recreational resource that is Bayou Teche. 

 "The Bayou Teche is one of Louisiana's most important resources and this grant will help to assist towns, businesses, and property owners in realizing the vast potential the Teche offers.  This will further connect and support all interests along our 135-mile wonderland of the South!" says Patti Holland, author of the grant. 

The next steps for implementing the grant involve securing appropriate permits and arranging for the dock fabrication and installations.  Actual installations are expected in the next 12 to 18 months from Port Barre to Berwick. 

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