Pay it Forward for the Next Generation of STEM Professionals

Jennifer Argote (right) with friends taking samples at Bayou St. John in 2005 At Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, our Education Programming provides students valuable formative experiences that help them become a new generation of environmental scientists, engineers and STEM professionals. Pay it forward for the next generation and multiply the impact of your gift this…

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Native Plant Initiative GNO Feature

The Native Plant Initiative of GNO Fixed up Our Lighthouse Garden, So We Thought We Tell You More About Them. Just a glilmpse of the wonderful work that the Native Plant Initiative of Greater New Orleans did, revamping our garden at the Lighthouse. They planted several native plants and labeled most of garden. Come on…

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Falling with Style (and Intention)

Our Coast & Community Scientists Experiment with a New Approach to Swamp Restoration. Overhead a plane glides across the marsh. It looks like rain, but the sky is bright, and the sun is shining. All around, seeds are falling, with style and intention.     Right now our coast is losing one football field of…

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Gaint Salvinia: This time… It’s Personal!

A Staff Encounter With an Invasive Species A volunteer pulls giant salvinia out of Bayou St. John in late winter 2019. Lurking beneath the floating dock at the New Canal Lighthouse, a vindictive swamp monster plans its next attack. The creature lacks sharp claws, a nervous system or any cognitive ability, yet it manages to…

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Lighthouse Keeping Then & Now

Being a lighthouse keeper is maybe not as dreamy as it sounds & LPBF continues to serve as a beacon for the basin Located on Lakefront Drive, the New Canal Lighthouse houses a museum and education operated by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation. This month, we take a look back at what former keepers at…

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Bonnet Carre Spillway Explained

Why do we open the spillway and what does it affect? Click to hear it straight from our scientist Picture of a previous Bonnet Carre Spillway opening courtesy of the Army Corps of Engineers. Army Corps to open Bonnet Carre Spillway beginning Wednesday. pic.twitter.com/eCnmUSi16B— Jennifer Crockett (@CrockettWDSU) February 25, 2019 This week, the Army Corps of…

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What are Microplastics?

Carnival Season, glitter, and a brief explanation on microplastics A front end loader removes trash that was left on Boubon Street after last night’s Mardi Gras Celebration, Early Wednesday morning Feb. 25, 2009, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Brian Lawdermilk) What do Carnival Season and Microplastics have in common? Lots! Whether you’re a crushed mardi gras…

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Celebrating Wetlands and Planting for the Birds

Appreciating all our wetlands do and partnering with Loras College, Camp Hope, and Jefferson Parish Coastal Department to encourage wetland habitat. This weekend the world will take a moment to celebrate wetlands for their inherent beauty and the critical service they provide to coastal communities.   In the Pontchartrain Basin, wetland habitat surrounds us- even…

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Atlas: Drawing Our Landscapes

The release of our latest Pontchartrain Estuary Atlas (Year: 2017) The Pontchartrain Estuary may be a mystery for some, but for us, it tells a story that we’re gradually unraveling.   We spend a lot of our time out in the field collecting data and sifting through the numbers at our desks, all to better…

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