Clara Baudoin Interview

Clara Baudoin is a founding member of Save Our Homes and Land (SOHL), a grassroots organization formed to address the city of Lafayette’s proposal to expand the North Dugas municipal solid waste landfill by hundreds of additional acres. Clara and her co-hart Florence Gossen sued the city of Lafayette and were successful in the defeat of the expansion. Clara has held local and state offices for the League of Women Voters as a spokesperson on solid waste, oilfield waste, and injection wells. She helped revise the solid waste regulations for the state of Louisiana, and was appointed to the Louisiana Resource Recovery Development Board, which approved all landfills in the state. She credits her involvement in the environmental movement to her successful run for public office where she served three terms in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1996-2008. Audio interview with Clara Baudoin for Women Pioneers of the Louisiana Environmental Movement by Peggy Frankland, conducted by Jennifer A. Cramer, Director of the T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History. Copyright: Louisiana State University Special Collections.