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Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program

Derelict crab traps are crab traps that have become lost in the coastal environment.  No longer maintained, they “ghost fish,” killing thousands of crabs and fish while reducing the blue crab harvest, likely by millions of dollars each year.

For more information visit our Project Page, read our Fact Sheet and Read Our Report!!

Education

We educate the public on important issues affecting the Pontchartrain Basin.

Learn about the sources of pollution and the work being done to stop it so our many basin habitats can flourish.

Water Quality

sm_lthouseWe offer free education, technical assistance, and assistance with permits to the owner/operators of wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin.

We sample ten sites weekly, another ten sites monthly.  Our results are on our webpage!

We offer technical reports and maps on our site.

Coastal Sustainability Program

The coast has always been our first line of defense against hurricanes for southeast Louisiana, so we developed the Multiple Lines of Defense Strategy designed to help save our coast.

The Coastal Sustainability Program conducts many projects around the basin, including scientific studies, restoration projects and long-term analysis.

We produce Hydrocoast maps for the Pontchartrain and Barataria Basin.

Our mission is to restore the Pontchartrain Basin for the benefit of this and future generations. 

 

WATER QUALITY

Weekly Data Report: Ten historically recreational sites are sampled on a weekly basis and another ten sites of interest are sampled on a monthly basis.

WEEKLY REPORTS

MONITORING SITES

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COASTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Access information on projects and research that will keep our coastal region economically and culturally sustainable for the future.

HYDROCOAST MAPS

MULTIPLE LINES OF DEFENSE STRATEGY

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NEW CANAL LIGHTHOUSE

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Come experience how the history of a light, a lake, and a coast has blended together. Visit Louisiana’s only working lighthouse containing a museum that is open to the public.

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Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation’s success depends on the dedication and talents of thousands of volunteers. YOUR assistance is invaluable.

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UPCOMING Events

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Save the date! Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation will hold the 5th annual Lights at the Lake Holiday Bash on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm at the New Canal Lighthouse.

The annual West End Christmas boat parade will glide down the New Basin Canal into Lake Pontchartrain as guests enjoy the best viewing party on the lakefront. Don't miss out on food and drinks from local eateries, holiday cocktails, craft beer, book readings, your chance to Vote for the Best Boat, and much more! Admission to Lights at the Lake is FREE.

4:00pm - St. Rita School Sensational Singing Panthers
4:30pm - Children's Book Reading
4:45pm - Shades of Praise Gospel Choir
5:15pm - Children's Book Reading
5:30pm - West End Christmas Boat Parade
6:30pm - Benny Grunch and the Bunch

See our Lights at the Lake page for more information.

Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation will be partnering with Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to pick up Derelict Crab Traps in Pontchartrain Basin in 2018.  Derelict crab traps are a navigational hazard that continue to “Ghost Fish,” trapping animals needlessly and reducing the annual blue crab harvest as they degrade in our coastal waters.  For information on how Derelict Crab Trap Removal is a smart way to reduce the negative environmental and ecological impacts of “ghost fishing,” see our project page, fact sheet, and report, Assessment and Lessons Learned from Derelict Crab Trap Rodeos in the Pontchartrain Basin in 2016 and 2017 and Recommendations for 2018 and 2019.

LPBF is actively soliciting financial, networking, social media, and in-kind support for this project. With contributions please contact Dr. John Lopez at jlopez@saveourlake.org.

Become a Lighthouse Volunteer Tour Guide: Docent Program

Docents are volunteers who serve as tour guides and educators at the New Canal Lighthouse. LPBF offers a 2 hour docent training program followed by self-practice and shadowing to prepare volunteers interested in assisting at the New Canal Lighthouse. These volunteers lead guided tours through the museum and act as education assistants. Requirements: Docents must be at least 18 years of age, attend two hours of training and be able to commit to two 3 hour shifts per month. If you are interested in being trained as a docent email: joannh@saveourlake.org

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Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.Click here to sign up to support LPBF!

Volunteer with LPBF

Volunteer with LPBF! LPBF’s success depends on the dedication and talents of thousands of volunteers. To get involved call 504-836-2215.

Teachers and Scout Leaders

There are many educational programs offered at the New Canal Lighthouse. Download the Educator's packet by clicking the link below.

Become a Member

LPBF needs your support! Call us at 504-836-2205, or click the link below to become an LPBF member today!

Basin Bulletin

Sign up for the Basin Bulletin to hear news about current events around the Pontchartrain Basin including information on water quality, coastal issues, habitat, recreation, education, and events at LPBF’s New Canal Lighthouse.

Call us today at 504-836-2215, or email us at info@saveourlake.org.

Help us restore the Pontchartrain Basin for the benefit of this and future generations.