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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. 



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.



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



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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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On Friday, June 9, 2017, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation will host its annual Lakefront History Trolley Tour and Social from 5pm to 8pm.

Guests will learn about the history of Lake Pontchartrain and the Lakefront on a relaxing trolley car ride. Tours begin at 5pm and will be a ½ hour in duration. Before, during, and after the trolley tour guests will enjoy entertainment and all you can eat food and drinks at the New Canal Lighthouse and watch the sunset on beautiful Lake Pontchartrain. Guests will also be able to take a free tour of the New Canal Lighthouse Museum before or after their tour on the trolley, generously donated by Gulf Coast Bank & Trust Company.

That's a wrap on GiveNOLA Day 2017!

You helped Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation raise $6,385 to support our programs and projects and helped the New Orleans community raise nearly $4.9 million for local nonprofits.
 Our Lake and Coast say thank you for your continued dedication as LPBF continues to serve as the voice of the public.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support LPBF at Kendra Scott! We had a wonderful evening!

LPBF's 3rd annual Spring Sweep presented by Entergy will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017. The cleanup will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and the picnic will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you would like to sponsor this event, please email or

LPBF Updates

  • 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:

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Thanks to everyone who came out to the Lake Pontchartrain Craft Fair!

The Lake PontchARTrain Craft Fair was held Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10am to 4pm at the New Canal Lighthouse. Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation hosted over 60 vendors selling a wide variety of arts and crafts, including artwork, jewelry, clothing, accessories, home decor, pottery, soaps, jellies, face painting, & more! Admission was free, and the New Canal Lighthouse Museum was open for discounted tours.

This Earth Day celebration also featured activities for children of all ages, including activities from LPBF’s Education team, a “How to Build a Fairy Garden” demonstration from Turbo’s Fairies and Gnomes, a demonstration of the Reactive Digital Systems' TopoBox, face painting, and sand candy creations.

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See you next year!

April 24 - April 28 | Loyola University

May 8 - May 12 | Tulane University

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

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