Greener Bayou St. John is a coalition of concerned residents, neighborhood associations and other organizations who care deeply about Bayou St. John and its environs.
The mission of the Greener Bayou St. John Coalition is to preserve, protect and improve Bayou St. John, its banks and adjacent public land as a cultural resource, as well as to address issues regarding the thoughtful and sustainable use of the bayou’s banks and surrounding public land.
Bayou St. John and its banks are one of New Orleans’ most precious treasures. Bayou St. John has been designated a Louisiana Historic and Scenic River, and, as such, we wish to preserve its ecosystem, scenic vista, tranquility, and historic character for the public to enjoy in perpetuity.
Organizations such as the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Bayou St. John Conservation Alliance (BSJCA is no longer active) have been involved in helping to restore the health of the bayou waters. These efforts are paying off and the waterway is becoming healthier with the lifting of the blockages between the bayou and Lake Pontchartrain and the wetlands restored at the mouth of the bayou.
Because the health of a bayou’s waters is inextricably linked with that of its banks, we seek to protect both the health of the Bayou St. John waterway and the health of its banks. It is imperative that we find ways to successfully integrate Bayou St. John's fragile ecosystem into the surrounding residential neighborhood. It's also imperative to find ways to balance the residents' need for a decent quality of life and the Bayou's need for a healthy ecosystem with the public's need to use the Bayou for recreation, relaxation, and green space.
To facilitate this, residents, neighborhood associations and other organizations will create a Bayou St. John Master Plan that details ways to preserve, protect and improve the environs of Bayou St. John for humans as well as for wildlife, wildlife habitat and the Bayou St. John ecosystem.
Once agreement on a Master Plan is reached, we will facilitate a discussion about stewardship, oversight and jurisdiction of the Bayou, especially the section from the City Park jurisdictional line near Esplanade Ave. to the head of the Bayou at Lafitte St.