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
Saturday, September 17, 2016
9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. around Lake Pontchartrain
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 17, 2016 from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Now in its 27th 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 in Ocean Conservancy’s new data collection app, Clean Swell, or 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.
Click the image below to view the Beach Sweep Zone Map
Thanks to over 1,800 volunteers who collected over 15,200 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
Total 2015: 1890 volunteers 895 bags of trash ~140miles
15,215 lbs trash(#bags x 17#) No recycling done
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.