sATURDAY, mARCH 21, 2015
9AM - 11:30am AROUND
Picnic follows for Participants
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) will hold its first "Spring Sweep", a day designated to clean up around the Lake Pontchartrain Basin, on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 9am - 11:30am. LPBF is happy to announce Entergy as LPBF's Spring Sweep presenting sponsor. To volunteer for "Spring Sweep" call 504-836-2238 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. No group is too large or too small!
LPBF's Spring Sweep presented by Entergy will be held in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful's "Great American Cleanup". Volunteers, partners and sponsors will help clean up areas that drain into our lake by cleaning ditches and roadways, curbs and storm drains. Spring Sweep will help prevent our metro area from flooding and at the same time protect Lake Pontchartrain.
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 local parishes so they can document the debris entering the local drainage canals and ultimately the lake.
To say thank you to the volunteers, on Spring Sweep day LPBF’s Spring 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. Spring 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. Call 504-836-2238 to volunteer.
SAVE THE DATE
2015 Fall Beach Sweep Saturday, Sept 19th
The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) held its annual Fall Beach Sweep last September on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 9am - 12noon. For the 9th year LPBF was happy to have Toyota as Beach Sweep's presenting sponsor. For 2014, LPBF’s Beach Sweep celebrated its 25th year.For more information about Beach Sweep or to volunteer as a group or individual, please contact JoAnn at (504) 836-2238 or email@example.com.
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
For more information on this event or others, please contact Angela Dorvin at (504) 836-7117 or firstname.lastname@example.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
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