Backyard to the Bayou

The Bayou Vermilion Preservation presents a symposium titled “Backyard to the Bayou: Understanding your role in the preservation of our river” Sept. 9 at Vermilionville Performance Center in Lafayette. You won’t want to miss this educational opportunity.

Here is the lineup:


8:25 am – Welcome – Charlie Wyatt, Bayou Vermilion Preservation Association
8:30 am – Welcome – Dr. David Cheramie, CEO Bayou Vermilion District
8:35 am – Proclamation Joel Robideaux, Mayor/President, Lafayette Consolidated Government
8:40 am – Introduction – Ron Boustany, Symposium Chair
9:00 am – Landscaping – Ideas on best management practices on the individual properties
Peter Mayeux, Owner, All Seasons Nursery and Landscaping
9:30 am – Ideas and concepts of homeowner water management irrigation and drainage; rain gardens
Rusty Ruckstuhl – Landscape Architect, Grassroots Landscaping
10:00 am –  Break
10:15 am – Landscape design for a more sustainable community – Michael Cullen, Landscape Architect, Land Architecture, LLC
10:45 am – Regional design considerations for sustainable community development – Pamela Gonzales Grainger – Landscape Engineer, Macbad Engineers
11:15 am – Smart Growth community development – A developer’s perspective – Jeff Foshee and Teddy Beaullieu, Southern Lifestyle Development
11:45 am – Wrap up to morning session; open up to question to speakers
12:00 pm – Lunch – Teche Project – Patti Holland and Connie Castille
1:00 pm – Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation – John Lopez
1:30 pm – New Orleans LID Projects – Brad Klamer, New Orleans Sewage and Water Board
2:00 pm – On the management of the bayou – Bayou Vermilion District/Teche-Vermilion Water District/LCG
(Dr. David Cheramie, Donald Sagrera, Bess Foret)
2:40 pm – Panel Discussion – How can we best inform and involve the community in preserving the bayou –
LCG Representative; Michael Cullen; Pamela Grainger; NRCS representative (319 program; watershed)
3:15 pm – Door Prizes
3:30 pm – End Symposium


To register, click here.