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Basin Foundation

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) was established in response to environmental concerns voiced throughout the Basin. As the public’s independent voice, LPBF is dedicated to restoring and preserving the water quality, coast, and habitats of the entire Pontchartrain Basin.  Through coordination of restoration activities, education, advocacy, monitoring of the regulatory process, applied scientific research, and citizen action, LPBF works in partnership with all segments of the community to reclaim the Basin for this and future generations.

The Lake Pontchartrain Basin is a 10,000 square mile watershed encompassing 16 Louisiana parishes.

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Outstanding career opportunity with LPBF:
LPBF is seeking an entrepreneurial Water Quality Program Director with experience in community engagement and a deep commitment to improving and maintaining the highest standards of water quality throughout the waterways of the Basin. For more information click here!


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Thank you to all who came out to Lights at the Lake and those who supported from afar. Happy Holidays from Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation. We'll see you next year!


Update: Help us spread 17,000 tons of sand at Pontchartrain Beach and improve the shoreline to keep the sand in place. This phase of the Pontchartrain Beach restoration project will cost $50,000. Please keep those donations coming!!

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Coastal News: On October 21, 2016, Dr. Lopez presented at the "Living on the Edge" conference in Galveston, TX. The conference focused on hurricane resilience, particularly for historic structures. Dr. Lopez's talk described the challenges and ultimate success to rebuild the New Canal Lighthouse and Education Center. read more

2016 Beach Sweep:
Thanks to all for a successful 2016 Beach Sweep! 1512 volunteers covered over 185 miles and picked up 11,728 lbs trash! click here for more info.








New Report About Surge Dynamics in Lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas Released!
The report discusses analysis of time-lapse dynamics of recently simulated major storm surges and historical storm surge maximum observations shed new light on spatial and temporal patterns of storm surge within the Lakes Pontchartrain and Maurepas region.  Click here to view the report.

Amazon Smile: 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!




Bonnet Carre Spillway Opening:
LPBF is monitoring ten stations across Lake Pontchartrain and from the Causeway bridge, which is in additional to its normal water quality activity and Hydrocoast mapping. LPBF has also released a projected general timeline for conditions in Lake Pontchartrain as a result of the spillway opening. Click here to read more.

Teachers and Scout Leaders: There are many educational programs offered at the lighthouse. Click on the Educator's packet for more details.

Visit LPBF's Gift Shop at the New Canal Lighthouse and then take a guided tour of the museum. Consider a personalized brick to be installed in the lighthouse Fountain Plaza

Interested in being a volunteer tour guide at LPBF's New Canal Lighthouse email



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