Lafayette, La. (KADN) — Today marks World Environmental Day, the United Nations main vehicle for encouraging international awareness and support for the environment. Over the years WED has grown into a global platform for public outreach in over 100 countries, but what does our community do to help support and protect the environment?
We spoke with Bess Foret of the Public Works Department to talk about Lafayette's environmental protection programs. "We really are on the forefront for a lot of environmental issues. We have a great recycling program that's been going on for years. We have a twice a year chemical day where hundreds of cars come through and get rid of all their paints and chemicals, and that's really popular, and a really great program for Lafayette. We [also] have the compressed natural gas buses that we utilize."
The Environmental Quality Division of the Public Works Dept. also helps protect environment through it's award winning rain barrel program. Rain Barrels can be purchased by residents to store rainwater that can then be used to water your lawn or garden, which in turn helps reduce the amount of storm water runoff and improves the quality of the Bayou Vermilion watershed.