Saturday, September 19, 2015
9 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. Around the Lake
Picnic follows for Participants
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) will hold its annual Beach Sweep, a day designated to clean up around the Lake Pontchartrain Basin, on Saturday, September 19, 2015 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Now in its 26th year, 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 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 a picnic for registered participants. The picnic serves 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. It provides a wonderful opportunity to help in keeping Lake Pontchartrain swimmable.
This year the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation is pleased to announce that we have received a grant from Keep Louisiana Beautiful that has funded our own LPBF storm drain decals. We are happy to offer these to our Zone Captains and groups this year.
Keep Louisiana Beautiful, Inc. is the state's anti-litter and community improvement organization focused on education, enforcement, awareness and cleanups. Affiliated with Keep America Beautiful, Keep Louisiana Beautiful's mission is to promote personal, corporate and community responsibility for a clean and beautiful Louisiana. With a network of 39 affiliates in communities throughout the state, over 23,000 volunteers work toward a clean and beautiful Louisiana.
Click the image below to view the Beach Sweep Zone Map
LPBF appreciates the support from our 2014 Sponsors. Their contribution to Beach Sweep was vital in making the 2014 event a success.
Thanks to over 1,600 volunteers in fall of 2014 who collected over 14,800 lbs. of trash!
Total trash LPBF's Fall 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 (rainout event)
~3000 lbs trash(#bags x 17#)
Total 2014: 1610 volunteers 870 bags of trash ~120miles
14,800 lbs trash(#bags x 17#) 43 bags plastic and aluminum recycled
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
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
From: "Pocket Guide to Marine Debris," The Ocean Conservancy, 2004.
|Monofolament fishing line
|Plastic beverage bottles
|Foamed plastic buoy
|Rubber boat sole
|Foamed plastic cup
|Plastic film canister
|Waxed milk carton
|Orange or banana peel
Sources: U.S National Park Service; Mote Marine Lab, FL and "Garbage In, Garbage Out," Audubon Magazine, Spt/Oct 1998