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Bayou Teche Historical Designation

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Mary Lynn Thibodaux lives on the Bayou Teche and took advantage of her proximity to the water by building a pier and outdoor kitchen.

But for her to build these structures in the future she would need a permit from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, if the bayou ends up on the state's list of historic and scenic rivers. Gone would be the days of laissez faire development along the bayous shore. Kyle Balkum, a biologist at the department, says there would be changes.

For example, he says, existing farms could be immune. But new farms would require Wildlife and Fisheries' permission.

"If there's sugar cane farming in the area there's a great likelihood we would authorize additional sugar cane farming," said Balkum.

Essentially, if you were to build anything near the bayou that would usually require a permit you would need to notify Wildlife and Fisheries.

"I think the biggest change would be to if there's purposed development within 100 feet. If there's a new pier or a new bulkhead that would require a permit," said Balkum.

Balkum says his department would consider any permit application and they have no stance on the designation. It is state legislators that are pushing for it, regardless Thibodaux says she doesn't want to ask permission to build on her land.

"It's my property; it doesn't belong to Wildlife and Fisheries."

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