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Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation's success depends on the dedication and talents of thousands of volunteers. People often volunteer with us because they feel a personal commitment to protecting and restoring our basin, so that all of us can enjoy it. Motivated by this valuable feeling of ownership, volunteers get involved in a variety of fun, interesting events that we hold throughout the year. Learn more

Many of these events are annual, including our Back to the Beach Festival, Beach Sweep, Fishing Rodeo, Golf Classic, and Northshore "Let's Make Waves" Party.

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation staff also welcomes those who wish to volunteer in our office. Office volunteers regularly offer their time and talents throughout the year. Their assistance is invaluable. Learn more

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beach sweep

Saturday, September 20, 2014
Lake Pontchartrain Basin foundation's 25th annual Beach Sweep Presented by toyota

The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) will hold its annual Fall Beach Sweep; a day designated to clean up the Lake Pontchartrain Basin, on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 9am - 12noon. For the 9th year LPBF is happy to have Toyota as Beach Sweep's presenting sponsor. This year LPBF’s Beach Sweep celebrates its 25th year. The sweep is held in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup sponsored by Ocean Conservancy. Volunteers, partners and sponsors help clean up the areas that drain into Lake Pontchartrain by hitting city streets and rural roadways to clean curbs, ditches and storm drains. As an added activity a limited number of storm drain markers will be placed on drains in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Tammany Parishes. Beach Sweep helps prevent our metro area from flooding and at the same time protect Lake Pontchartrain.   Designated areas for cleanup around the lake at this time include Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes.

Debris picked up by volunteers is recorded on data cards that catalogue and quantify the types and amounts of trash collected.  LPBF forwards this data to the Ocean Conservancy to be included in its International Coastal Cleanup master database of marine debris.

To say thank you to the volunteers, on Beach Sweep day LPBF’s Beach Sweep partners provide snacks or picnics for registered participants.  These serve as a way to bring together everyone to celebrate the clean sweep of our region. Beach Sweep is an excellent avenue for stewardship, and education/outreach. This year will be a wonderful opportunity to again help take care of the healthy resource our lake has become.

For more information about Beach Sweep or to volunteer as a group or individual, please contact JoAnn at (504) 836-2238 or joannh@saveourlake.org.

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Sponsorship

Please consider being a 2014 Beach Sweep Sponsor or participant.

Levels of Beach Sweep 2014 Participation

Presenting Sponsor – Exclusive Sponsor : $15,000 Sponsor

  • Sponsor’s logo to be included in official Beach Sweep Logo
  • Beach Sweep Logo to include the language  “Presented by Sponsor”
  • Beach Sweep Logo printed on Beach Sweep T-shirt
  • Beach Sweep Logo printed on Beach Sweep flyer
  • Beach Sweep Logo listed on contributor board at picnic
  • Beach Sweep Logo printed on all press releases and mail-outs
  • 20 tickets for entrance into LPBF picnic
  • 20 tickets to the New Canal Lighthouse
  • Membership in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
  • Acknowledgment in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation’s annual report.

Major Sponsor: $5,000 - $10,000 Sponsor

  • Sponsor’s logo printed on Beach Sweep T-shirt
  • Sponsor’s name listed on contributor board at LPBF picnic
  • 15 tickets for entrance into LPBF picnic
  • 15 tickets to the New Canal Lighthouse
  • Sponsor’s name recognition on Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation website
  • One-year membership in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
  • Acknowledgment in the Foundation’s annual report.

Patron Sponsor: $2,000 - $4,999 Sponsor

  • Sponsor’s logo printed on Beach Sweep T-shirt
  • Sponsor’s name listed on contributor board at LPBF picnic
  • 10 tickets for entrance into LPBF picnic
  • 10 tickets to the New Canal Lighthouse
  • Sponsor’s name recognition on Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation website
  • One-year membership in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
  • Acknowledgment in the Foundation’s annual report

Contributing Sponsor: $250 - $1,999 Sponsor

  • Sponsor’s name listed on contributor board at LPBF picnic
  • Sponsor’s name recognition on Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation website
  • 8 tickets for entrance into LPBF picnic
  • 8 tickets to the New Canal Lighthouse
  • One-year membership in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
  • Acknowledgment in the Foundation’s annual report

Beach Sweep Partner

  • Partner takes registration for your area
  • Partner handles t-shirt distribution for your area
  • Partner hosts a thank you picnic either before or after the sweep
  • Partner listed on beach sweep tshirts
  • Listed on Thank You board at LPBF picnic, LPBF website & annual report
  • Provides a service free of charge to the sweep

Beach Sweep Zone Captain

  • Heads a group of volunteers (2 or more volunteers makes a group)
  • Attends or designates an attendee for the zone captain meeting to receive zone to clean (date to be determined, pick up supplies anytime between 4pm-7pm)
  • Gives out supplies to the volunteers at assigned site on Beach Sweep Day (Sept 20)
  • Collects the data cards, turns them in to LPBF in a timely manner
  • Fills in a summary card of trash picked up and turns in with data cards

    Beach Sweep Volunteer
  • Reports out to the Beach Sweep site set by zone captain on September 20 at 9am to volunteer to pick up trash.  (reporting site to be determined based on volunteer’s location)
  • Fills out data card as given to him by zone captain.
  • Receives free admission to the Beach Sweep celebration picnic

Sponsors receive several benefits, including recognition at the Beach Sweep Picnic held after the sweep. For details on sponsorships, please contact Angela at (504) 836-7117 or angela@saveourlake.org.

2013 Sponsors and Volunteers

LPBF appreciated the support from our 2013 Sponsors. Their contribution to Beach Sweep was vital in making the 2013 event a success.

Thanks to over 750 volunteers in 2013 who collected over 3,000 lbs. of trash!

  • The Bayou Manchac Group
  • Tim Sykes
  • Jefferson Parish Environmental Department
  • Johnson Controls
  • John Curtis Christian
  • HII- Avondale Operations
  • New Orleans Redevelopment Authority
  • Dominican Biology II Class
  • New Orleans Power Squadron
  • Archbishop Chapelle High School
  • Audobon Institute
  • Hynes Charter School Cub Scout Pack 27
  • Bayou Kayaks
  • Newman School
  • Tulane Environmental Law Society
  • St. Edward Cub Scout Pack 496
  • St. Christopher Boy Scout Troop 117
  • St. Christopher Cub Scout 117

Total trash LPBF's Beach Sweep collected since 2006

Total 2006: 1953 volunteers  2077 bags of trash   ~140 miles
35,309 lbs trash  (# bags x 17#)           No recycling done
(including Tangipahoa  and St. Charles Parish)          

Total 2007: 1606 volunteers  1644 bags of trash    ~97 miles
27,948 lbs trash (#bags x 17#)        No recycling done
(including St. John Parish)

Total 2008: 1645 volunteeers 1353 bags of trash      ~95 miles
23,001 lbs trash (#bags x 17#)     12 bags alum cans recycled

Total 2009:  2100 volunteers    978 bags of trash     ~115 miles
16,625 lbs trash (#bags x 17#)          4 bags plastic bots recycled

Total 2010:  1840 volunteers    798 bags of trash     ~136 miles
13,566 lbs trash(#bags x 17#)           5 bags plastic bots recycled

Total 2011:  1740 volunteers    881 bags of trash     ~141miles
14,977 lbs trash(#bags x 17#)           2 bags plastic bots recycled

Total 2012:  1690 volunteers    1038 bags of trash     ~141miles
17,646 lbs trash(#bags x 17#)           2 bags plastic bots recycled

Total 2013: 750 volunteers
                   ~3000 lbs trash(#bags x 17#)
2013 Beach Sweep was postponed due to rainout and rainout date was rained out as well. Some groups went out on their own over 2 month period.

For more information on this event or others, please contact Angela Dorvin at (504) 836-7117 or angela@saveourlake.org.

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Contributions to LPBF are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Marine Litter Statistics
from the Ocean Conservancy

Litter is a severe problem on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain. We need to stop this problem by being thoughtful with our trash and by picking up any trash we see. Pontchartrain will appreciate it and we will too.

Marine and shoreline litter can come from anywhere and be blown in by wind or travel by rivers, streams, storm drains and marine currents. Litter can originate from recreational and commercial activities on or near the water such as fishing, picnicking, boating and commercial shipping, oil and gas rigs, cruise ships, and construction. These activities and many others cause our waterways to become unsightly and pose a risk to human and animal health.

Top 10 Litter Items Worldwide:

1. cigarettes/cigarette filters
2. bags
3. caps, lids
4. food containers/wrappers
5. cups, plates, forks, knives, spoons
6. plastic beverage bottles (2 liters or less)
7. glass beverage bottles
8. straws, stirrers
9. beverage cans
10. rope

Decomposition Rates

Glass Bottle 1,000,000 years
Monofolament fishing line 600 years
Plastic beverage bottles 450 year
Disposable diapers 450 years
Aluminum can 80-200 year
Foamed plastic buoy 80 years
Rubber boat sole 50-80 years
Foamed plastic cup 50 years
Tin can 50 years
Leather 50 years
Nylon Fabric 30-40 years
Plastic film canister 20-30 years
Plastic Bag 10-20 years
Cigarette filter 1-50years
Wool sock 1-5 years
Plywood 1-3 years
Waxed milk carton 3 months
Apple core 2 months
Newspaper 6 weeks
Orange or banana peel 2-5 weeks
Paper towel 2-4 weeks
From: "Pocket Guide to Marine Debris," The Ocean Conservancy, 2004.
Sources: U.S National Park Service; Mote Marine Lab, FL and "Garbage In, Garbage Out," Audubon Magazine, Spt/Oct 1998
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