Bayou ecological damage
(Right) A dead fish rots in the blackened waters of Adams Bayou in Orange, Texas on Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005. Since Hurricane Rita and its storm surge hit, the bayou has received sewage and the oxygen level has dropped below acceptable for life.
Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise
(Below) The wake of a boat ripples water near two bayou homes in Adams Bayou in Orange.
Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center executive director Michael Hoke studies the water in Adams Bayou in Orange.
(Right) Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center executive director Michael Hoke tests water for fecal coliform bacteria in Adams Bayou in Orange.
(Below) A dead fish dries on an educational platform in Adams Bayou in Orange.
(Above) The water in Adams Bayou is suspected to contain high levels of fecal coliform bacteria in Orange.
(Right) A pond cypress known as "The Old Survivor" remains in Adams Bayou in Orange, Texas. Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center director of horticulture Gary Outenreath said the tree is 1,229 years old and has survived many hurricanes similar to Hurricane Rita.