Derelict Crab Trap 2019

LPBF Receives funding from NOAA to remove derelict crab traps

LPBF’s boat collecting derelict crab traps, Feb 2019 Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation receives grant to assist crab fishery. Thanks to a NOAA Marine Debris grant, LPBF, in partnership with the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) and our team of volunteers, will remove 6000 derelict crab traps from the Pontchartrain Basin. This project will remove…

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Surge Consortium workshops held

Breton-Borgne Surge Consortium Workshops Held. LPBF established two regional “surge consortiums” to promote regional collaboration between parishes, levee boards, municipalities etc.  to address hurricane storm surge risk. As Michael Hopkins, Ph.D., stated “Hurricane surge does not know or respect political boundaries, its possible for one community to help itself but hurt another by affecting surge.”…

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LPBF Hosts Open House for Educators

LPBF’s new Lighthouse Learning Lab Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation hosts open house for educators in the Basin. On a lovely summer evening, educators from around Pontchartrain Basin attended the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation Educator Open House.  Attendees were served a light dinner consisting of pasta, salad, desserts and drinks that were generously donated by Bravo…

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A paper recently published in the Wilson Journal of Ornithology brings new meaning to the name Bird’s Foot Delta.

Clapper Rail Photo: Melanie/Flickr Creative Commons A paper recently published in the Wilson Journal of Ornithology brings new meaning to the name Bird’s Foot Delta. LPBF’s coalition partners, Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition, authored the new study on the regional, national, and international importance of bird populations and their habitat in Coastal Louisiana. Coastal…

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Dr. Theryn Henkel talks Caernarvon

The changing landscape around the Caernarvon Freshwater Diversion from 1998 to 2015. Land gain was not visible until 2005. Prior to that Big Mar was filling in with sediment and a threshold was finally reached where land emerged above water and became vegetated. Also noticeable is the substantial land loss that occurred between 2004 and…

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Reveal of New Educational Opportunities At Upcoming Educator Open House

Educators teach about the Multiple Lines of Defense Strategy for combatting hurricane storm surge. You can learn more about the strategy here. Sand is flying, drills are whirling and excitement fills the air of the New Canal Lighthouse. But what is all the hubbub about? Is the building getting a new facelift? Nope! But the…

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Dr. John Lopez of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation show speaking on the condition of the lake 2019

Hear It Straight From Our Scientists on Algae

What’s the story with toxic algae? Algae is the foundation of the ecosystem, a primary producer that utilizes the sun’s energy to build cell material. But, “blue green algae”, or cyanobacteria, are capable of producing a toxin that can cause negative health outcomes in low concentrations. We’ve seen algae before….but now we have the scientific…

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Dr. John Lopez Speaks on Unprecedented Changes in our Basin

An excerpt from LPBF’s ongoing Hydrocoast Map Series that documents environmental changes seen within the Pontchartrain Basin. The series is updated biweekly and you can receive it via email by signing up here.  https://saveourlake.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Unprecedented-Changes-Pontchartrian-Basin-Dr.-Lopez.mp3 Transcript of Audio: This is Dr. John Lopez, I’m the director of the Coast and Community Program for the Lake Pontchartrain…

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Thank you to AmeriCorps

All four of our 2018-2019 AmeriCorps Members. Education Assistant Laine Farber (top left), Coastal Program Volunteer Coordinator and Field Science Tech Eden Krolopp (top right), Outreach Coordinator Briana Cervantes (bottom left), Water Quality Assistant (bottom right) A year of service and passion is wrapping up for our four amazing AmeriCorps. Apply for our next service…

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Spillways and Floodways

Why do we open the spillway and what does it affect? Update Click to hear it straight from our scientist Picture of a previous Bonnet Carre Spillway opening courtesy of the Army Corps of Engineers. Update President Trump has approved a federal disaster declaration for the state of Louisiana flood fight. Disastrous flooding farther north along…

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