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Lake Pontchartrain
Basin Foundation

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) was established in response to environmental concerns voiced throughout the Basin. As the public’s independent voice, LPBF is dedicated to restoring and preserving the water quality, coast, and habitats of the entire Pontchartrain Basin.  Through coordination of restoration activities, education, advocacy, monitoring of the regulatory process, applied scientific research, and citizen action, LPBF works in partnership with all segments of the community to reclaim the Basin for this and future generations.

The Lake Pontchartrain Basin is a 10,000 square mile watershed encompassing 16 Louisiana parishes.

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New Canal Lighthouse open for visitors 6 days/week
Monday-Saturday From 10AM - 4PM Guided tours

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Legacy Diversion Workshop:
LPBF and partners are holding a Legacy diversion workshop which will address the question: What can we learn from existing Mississippi River outlets (legacy diversions) to inform the planning, design, construction, operation, monitoring and adaptive management of future diversions? For more info click here. For the agenda click here.

Registration is free but required. Click below to register

Coastal News:
LPBF launches the Pontchartrain-Maurepas Surge Consortium to address storm surge risk in the Greater New Orleans region. Read more.

MGBDBead Dog Raffle!
Call LPBF at 282-2134 to take a $5.00 chance on a Haydel's Mardi Gras Bead Dog®. ALL proceeds benefit LPBF!! Click here to take a chance!

Second Saturday Work and Learn at Bayou St. John: Every second Saturday of the month from 9am to noon, LPBF will host a volunteer work opportunity at the new urban marsh on Bayou St. John at Lake Pontchartrain. Work includes trash pickup, with seasonal planting, maintenance & monitoring. Also included will be an educational talk or hands-on project about local natural and cultural history. Call LPBF's Coastal Department at
504-836-7208 for details.

Teachers and Scout Leaders: There are many educational programs offered at the lighthouse. Click on the Educator's packet for more details.

Visit LPBF's Gift Shop at the New Canal Lighthouse and then take a guided tour of the museum. Consider a personalized brick to be installed in the lighthouse Fountain Plaza.

Interested in being a volunteer tour guide at LPBF's New Canal Lighthouse email








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