20 Years of Saving Our Lake and Coast
Lake Pontchartrain
Basin Foundation
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New Canal Lighthouse open for visitors 6 days/week
10:00am-4:00pm Guided tours

February 11 - Tuesday* (date/time change)
Coastal Crew/Docent training at Lighthouse
5:00pm - 7:00pm

March 15 - Saturday
Southshore Lakefront Bicycle Tour

March 28 - Friday
Visit LPBF at Treasure Chest Casino's "Crawfish at the Lake".

April 5 - Saturday
Lake PontchARTrain CRAFT Fair and Summer Water Safety Day

Come see us at other events!


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


Beach Sweep

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, September 20, 2014 will be LPBF's 25th annual Beach Sweep

This past year LPBF’s 24th Annual Beach Sweep presented by Toyota was challenged with bad weather, not once but twice. Rescheduled from Saturday, September 21, 2013 due to rains, to Saturday, October 19th, morning rains again hampered the cleanup. In spite of that there were hundreds out on the streets and beaches over several weeks picking up trash and documenting their findings. 750 people collected over 3,000 pounds of trash.

“We were challenged with rainy weather on both the scheduled date and the rainout date! In spite of that groups still came out in the different communities to help “said JoAnn Burke, LPBF’s Beach Sweep 2013 Coordinator. The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation locally organizes the Annual Beach Sweep to clean up the Pontchartrain Basin. It is usually held on the third Saturday in September as part of the International Coastal Cleanup sponsored by Ocean Conservancy.

This year volunteers worked in Jefferson, Orleans, and St. Tammany Parishes. Partners for the event included Keep Covington Beautiful, Keep Mandeville Beautiful, Friends of La. National Wildlife Refuges, and Keep Madisonville Beautiful.

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation is already making plans for next year’s sweep. As a result of successful partnerships, the hope is to make Beach Sweep 2014 a more widespread Basin event to further benefit the region’s communities and the lake.

For more information about Beach Sweep, please contact JoAnn at (504) 836-2238 or


LPBF appreciates the support from our 2013 Sponsors. Their contribution to Beach Sweep is vital in making this event a overwhelming success.

While helping to Save Our Lake & Coast is the greatest reason to sponsor an LPBF event, there are many other benefits—including having your name placed on promotional materials and signage, recognition in our newsletters and Annual Report, tickets to special events, and more.

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


Thanks to over 750 volunteers who collected over 3,000 lbs. of trash! You make this event a success.

  • 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

Need More Information?

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

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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