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Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program

Derelict crab traps are crab traps that have become lost in the coastal environment.  No longer maintained, they “ghost fish,” killing thousands of crabs and fish while reducing the blue crab harvest, likely by millions of dollars each year.

For more information visit our Project Page, read our Fact Sheet and Read Our Report!!


We educate the public on important issues affecting the Pontchartrain Basin.

Learn about the sources of pollution and the work being done to stop it so our many basin habitats can flourish.

Water Quality

sm_lthouseWe offer free education, technical assistance, and assistance with permits to the owner/operators of wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs) in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin.

We sample ten sites weekly, another ten sites monthly.  Our results are on our webpage!

We offer technical reports and maps on our site.

Coastal Sustainability Program

The coast has always been our first line of defense against hurricanes for southeast Louisiana, so we developed the Multiple Lines of Defense Strategy designed to help save our coast.

The Coastal Sustainability Program conducts many projects around the basin, including scientific studies, restoration projects and long-term analysis.

We produce Hydrocoast maps for the Pontchartrain and Barataria Basin.

Our mission is to restore the Pontchartrain Basin for the benefit of this and future generations. 



Weekly Data Report: Ten historically recreational sites are sampled on a weekly basis and another ten sites of interest are sampled on a monthly basis.



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Access information on projects and research that will keep our coastal region economically and culturally sustainable for the future.



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Come experience how the history of a light, a lake, and a coast has blended together. Visit Louisiana’s only working lighthouse containing a museum that is open to the public.

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Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation’s success depends on the dedication and talents of thousands of volunteers. YOUR assistance is invaluable.



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4th Annual Spring Sweep presented by Entergy

LPBF's 4th annual Spring Sweep presented by Entergy will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018. The cleanup will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and the picnic will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Volunteers, partners, and sponsors will help clean up the areas that drain into Lake Pontchartrain by cleaning curbs, ditches, and storm drains along city streets and rural roadways.

To say thank you to our volunteers, LPBF will host a picnic at the New Canal Lighthouse for our participants. The picnic serves as a way to bring together all volunteers together to celebrate the clean sweep of our region. Thanks to our sponsors and partners, volunteers will be able to enjoy foods, drinks, and music.

If you would like to sponsor this event, please email or

Yacht Rock on the Lake

Save the date! LPBF's 1st annual Yacht Rock on the Lake will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2018. The event will feature throwback tunes from Where Y'acht and a host of other entertainers on a large stage. Multiple bars will line the lake, and food will be provided by local restaurants and food trucks. Stroll along the grounds of the New Canal Lighthouse through our Artists' Village to peruse 30 arts and crafts vendors from around the Pontchartrain Basin!

If you would like to sponsor this event, please email

Derelict Crab Trap Removal Program

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation will be partnering with Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to pick up Derelict Crab Traps in Pontchartrain Basin in 2018.  Derelict crab traps are a navigational hazard that continue to “Ghost Fish,” trapping animals needlessly and reducing the annual blue crab harvest as they degrade in our coastal waters.  For information on how Derelict Crab Trap Removal is a smart way to reduce the negative environmental and ecological impacts of “ghost fishing,” see our project page, fact sheet, and report, Assessment and Lessons Learned from Derelict Crab Trap Rodeos in the Pontchartrain Basin in 2016 and 2017 and Recommendations for 2018 and 2019.

LPBF is actively soliciting financial, networking, social media, and in-kind support for this project. With contributions please contact Dr. John Lopez at

Become a Lighthouse Volunteer Tour Guide: Docent Program

Docents are volunteers who serve as tour guides and educators at the New Canal Lighthouse. LPBF offers a 2 hour docent training program followed by self-practice and shadowing to prepare volunteers interested in assisting at the New Canal Lighthouse. These volunteers lead guided tours through the museum and act as education assistants. Requirements: Docents must be at least 18 years of age, attend two hours of training and be able to commit to two 3 hour shifts per month. If you are interested in being trained as a docent email:

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Volunteer with LPBF

Volunteer with LPBF! LPBF’s success depends on the dedication and talents of thousands of volunteers. To get involved call 504-836-2215.

Teachers and Scout Leaders

There are many educational programs offered at the New Canal Lighthouse. Download the Educator's packet by clicking the link below.

Become a Member

LPBF needs your support! Call us at 504-836-2205, or click the link below to become an LPBF member today!

Basin Bulletin

Sign up for the Basin Bulletin to hear news about current events around the Pontchartrain Basin including information on water quality, coastal issues, habitat, recreation, education, and events at LPBF’s New Canal Lighthouse.

Call us today at 504-836-2215, or email us at

Help us restore the Pontchartrain Basin for the benefit of this and future generations.