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Haughton Senior organizing cleanup day at lake


Abby Turner has grown up on Lake Bistineau. The Haughton High School senior loves the lake’s serenity and its natural beauty. She also takes opportunities to duck hunt and fish and to just ride the lake and enjoy the scenery.

Seniors in Bossier Parish schools are required to complete an individual project before graduating. Her family wasn’t surprised at all when Abby chose Lake Bistineau as the focus of her senior project.

“My dad (Chris Turner) and I were fishing on the lake one day and we noticed a lot of trash, especially with the water drawn down,” Abby said. “We talked about it a lot that night and I decided I wanted to organize a cleanup day as my project.”

Volunteers for Abby’s trash pickup will gather at three launches on the lake on Saturday, Nov. 4. Official kickoff time is 10 a.m. at Port O’ Bistineau on the Webster Parish side of the lake and at Gryce’s Camp and the Bossier Parish Camp on the Bossier side.

“Anyone who wants to keep this beautiful lake as beautiful as it can be is welcome,” Abby said.

As a little extra incentive, the first 25 persons who show up at each launch will receive a Keep Bistineau Beautiful T-shirt, courtesy of Sen. Ryan Gatti. A gift card, provided by the Bistineau Foundation, will also be given away.

Sen. Gatti will be cooking up burgers and sausage at the Port O’ Bistineau launch area. Bellevue Meat is donating the sausage, Abby said.

Volunteers picking up the trash will be using boats, ATVs and just plain ol’ shoe leather to get as much unsightly litter out of the water and off the banks as possible. Once the trash is gathered, Abby said, Best Waste will provide pick-up service.

Abby’s Saturday event has required plenty of effort. Under the mentorship of Bossier Parish Police Jury President Bob Brotherton, a retired educator, she has organized volunteers, secured sponsors and created partnerships with government entities and organizations involved in management of the lake.

“I’ve enjoyed this project from the beginning and I think the outcome is going to be worth our efforts,” she said. “I believe we’re going to have a very good turnout. There are lots of people who love this lake and all it has to offer.”

Anyone wanting to volunteer, or provide a sponsorship, is encouraged to contact Abby through the Lake Bistineau Clean-Up page on Facebook, at or call 318-458-5146.



























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