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"Bayou Bartholomew" Premieres Thursday, March 14
Bayou Bartholomew is not only a wonder of nature, but a national treasure and most folks have never even heard of it !
Its actually one of the most diverse streams in North America, containing 117 species of fish along with a habitat of 197 species of birds.
The section of Bayou Bartholomew in Louisiana is protected and designated as a Natural and Scenic River but, in Arkansas, thats not the case. The Natural States state of the bayou is one that contains poor water quality and suffers from agri runoff, not to mention that 90 percent of the bayous water is drained during the summer months for irrigation. The Bayou Bartholomew Alliance is trying to change all of that and is trying to get the section in Arkansas restored and protected as well.
After all, 269 miles of the worlds longest bayou runs through The Natural State … and, on average, theres one diesel fuel spewing irrigation pump for every mile, polluting the bayou ! Something is drastically wrong with that picture !
This documentary will also explain the history of Bayou Bartholomew, which dates back 3,000 years to the Native Americans who built mounds all along the bayou. Once overlooked and neglected in American history for its contribution in developing the heart of the Delta, the bayous true story will be told by the people who lived along it, going back to the steamboat and plantation days.
"Bayou Bartholomew," Thursday, March 14, at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 7, at 4 p.m.