Building Up the Reef

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, in partnership with the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, launched a new artificial reef program this week. The sites include the Lake Borgne Shell Pad, Grand Banks, West Karako Bay and Cabbage Reef. These reefs will increase hard-bottom habitat in an otherwise soft muddy water bottom, allowing increased opportunity for…

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Meet Our AmeriCorps Team: Lighthouse

Joel Campbell serves as the Outreach Coordinator. A Michigander to the core, he attended Grand Valley State University where he earned a B.A. in journalism. He has worked as an environmental journalist for the West Michigan Environmental Action Council and been involved in policy and advocacy work with numerous environmental groups and nonprofits. Having spent…

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LPBF & CAMO To Jointly Hold Event on Underwater Pipeline Safety

Coastal Louisiana’s wealth of natural resources–from Sportsmen’s Paradise to vast petroleum reserves–is renown, and many Louisianans’ work in both fishing and oil-related industries. Pipelines safely convey an array of liquids and gases within and well beyond Louisiana. Dredging and marine construction activities for land building are vital for restoring our coast. Altogether, these riches of…

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Splash! Day Event

Click here to Register for Splash! Come spend a day at our lighthouse exploring how we can re-imagine our life with water!  Our daytime Girl Scout visitors will design, build, and test ways to live with water. Activities will include designing an aquifer, moving water with ancient technology, and various engineering challenges. Spend just an…

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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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