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October 18, 2017
Following the explosion on Sunday October 15th at an oil rig in
Lake Pontchartrain, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) can confirm that there is no evidence of an oil spill or any other detrimental environmental impact to the lake or the shore line.
Our hearts and prayers are with the families of those injured and most of all with the family of the missing person, Timothy Morrison.
Please support our efforts to protect the lake and the basin by donating here.

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  No longer maintained, they “ghost fish,” killing thousands of crabs and fish while reducing the blue crab harvest, likely by millions of dollars each year.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 and Read Our Report!!


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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MON – SAT: 10am -4pm
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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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Sun 29

New Canal Haunted Lighthouse

October 29 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Nov 01

2017 Lecture Series at the Lighthouse

November 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Nov 16

Green Drinks: Open to the Public

November 16 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Dec 06

2017 Lecture Series at the Lighthouse

December 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Dec 09

Lights at the Lake

December 9 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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 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

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:

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation will hold its 28th annual Beach Sweep presented by Toyota, a day designated to clean up around the Lake Pontchartrain Basin, on Saturday, September 16, 2017.

LPBF's Beach Sweep is held in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup sponsored by Ocean Conservancy.  Volunteers, partners, and sponsors help care for the areas that drain the Pontchartrain Basin by cleaning curbs, ditches, and storm drains on city streets and rural roadways.  As an added activity, storm drain markers will be placed on drains in Orleans and Jefferson parishes.  This second project will help prevent our metro area from flooding and at the same time protect Lake Pontchartrain.  Designated areas for cleanup around the lake included Orleans, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. Tammany, and East Baton Rouge parishes.


LPBF would like to thank Toyota for being the Beach Sweep presenting sponsor for over ten years.

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.

Stay tuned for dates! | Loyola University

Stay tuned for dates! | Tulane University


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

Guests learned about the history of Lake Pontchartrain and the Lakefront on a relaxing trolley car ride. Tours began at 5pm and were a ½ hour in duration. Before, during, and after the trolley tour guests enjoyed entertainment by Just the 2 of Us and all you can eat food and drinks at the New Canal Lighthouse. Guests were also 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.

Thanks for joining us! We'll see you again next year.

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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.

Click on the image above for more information.

See you next year!

Thank you to all of our wonderful volunteers for another fantastic clean up!

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

If you would like to sponsor this event in 2018, please email or

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation will hold the Lighthouse Glow Run on Saturday, August 19, 2017.

Join us for a half mile kids fun run and a 2 mile run/walk. The races will be along scenic Lakeshore Drive beginning and ending in front of the New Canal Lighthouse Museum and Education Center.

A post-race party will immediately follow the race and feature food, drinks, and entertainment. Tours of the New Canal Lighthouse Museum will be offered to race participants and guests on the night of the race.

See the Lighthouse Glow Run page for more information.

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.