A documentary film meant to save Bayou Bartholomew premieres March 14 at 6:30 p.m. on AETN. Heralded the longest bayou in the world, Bayou Bartholomew flows more than 300 miles through Southeast Arkansas and crosses the Louisiana border on its way to joining the Ouachita River.
The bayou is lined in portions with cypress and tupelo swamps and inhabited by alligators and large turtle. It is visited by wintering waterfowl and contains more than 130 species of fish. It provides important habitat for many endangered, threatened, and sensitive species like American alligator, snapping turtle, and bald eagle.
The bayou, however, is now polluted from agricultural run-off, log-jammed, and sections are suffering the effect of heavy sedimentation deposit.
The purpose of the film, funded by a grant secured by the University of Arkansas at Monticello and contributions from a number of Southeast Arkansas businesses and individuals, is to raise awareness and restore this once pristine wonder of nature to its natural beauty.