The city of Plaquemine has ramped up its efforts to curb a littering problem along Bayou Plaquemine that officials say has become incessant.

The city has had an ongoing educational campaign on littering through the city newsletter, its Facebook page and media coverage, but the amount of litter collected is increasing, rather than decreasing.

Officials announced last week they cleared brush around 33 drains that filter into Bayou Plaquemine and had a two-man team picking up litter by boat along the bayou’s shoreline.

The city is also researching ways to block litter from going into its drainage system, such as placing metal screening over the drains.

“Residents need to realize that when they litter it affects drainage, it affects our community and it affects our … natural habitat,” Mayor Mark “Tony” Gulotta said in a news release. “They also need to recognize that the city can’t solve this problem alone.”

Paddle Boat Challenge

Kiwanis of Pointe Coupee is sponsoring its inaugural Open Paddle Boat Challenge on Sept. 6 on False River in New Roads.

The challenge will feature a 400-meter Youth Paddle Challenge at 8 a.m., a 3-mile paddle challenge at 9:15 a.m. and 10-mile paddle challenge at 11 a.m.

For information and to register, visit www.kiwanis ofpointecoupee.org or call (225) 638-8626 or (225) 638-3001.

Fishing tournaments set

The Cookie Jar Fishing Tournament Classic is set for Sept. 12, and the Tuesday Night Fishing Tournament Classic will be in October.

Qualifying competitions for both fishing tournaments, which take place on False River, are every Tuesday and Friday night leading to the finals.

The Tuesday tournament is from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the Friday tournament is from 9 p.m. to midnight each week.

The weigh-in for the Tuesday tournament is at the Morrison Parkway Boat Dock in New Roads. The Cookie Jar tournament weigh-in is at the SandBar Boat Dock in Oscar.

For information about the Tuesday tournament, call Tanner Pourciau at (225) 955-2460. Call Guy Perkins at (225) 293-3402 for the Friday tournament.

Plaquemine krewe vendors

The Krewe of Comogo holds its 2015 nighttime Mardi Gras parade Feb. 16. The board is seeking caricature artists, face painters, bands, vocal groups and vendors. Call Rhonda Harrell at (225) 687-2029.

Painting workshops

Girl Scouts Louisiana East, along with the Baton Rouge Arts Council, is offering a series of art workshops for any girls in the fourth or fifth grade from Iberville Parish.

The Saturday art workshops will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Iberville Parish Library on Aug. 30 and Sept. 6 and the St. Gabriel Community Center on Sept. 20 and Sept. 27.

The workshops cost $10 per student; all art materials, snacks and drinks will be provided but girls can bring a brown bag lunch.

Registration is required and forms must be submitted by Wednesday. Contact DeNeil Brown at dmbrown@gsle.org or (985) 381-2688.

Submit news to Terry Jones by phone, (225) 326-6627; fax, (225) 344-0099; or email, tjones@theadvocate.com.