HABs: What are they and how do we measure?

Algae can be problematic in water when they grow in abundance, because when these blooms die, their degradation in the environment can deplete oxygen dissolved in water, killing fish, crabs, and oysters.  Harmful Algal Bloom (HABs) got a lot of attention over the summer of 2019. In large part, this was due to the death…

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Release of new report of Storm Surge in St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes

LPBF released a new report describing how hurricane surge behaves within the St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes during typical hurricane tracks. LPBF reviewed contrasting surge movement between Hurricanes Isaac and Katrina. Similar to a study conducted for Lake Pontchartrain, we found that surge is distinctly different if the storm is moving west or east of…

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Delta Dispatches: Earth Day Care Package

In these unprecedented times, many of us are searching for connection and a way to feel grounded. On the 50th anniversary of Earth Day visit Restore: Mississippi River Delta for a few tools to help connect with our incredible planet and reflect on the natural beauty that surrounds us.

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Deepwater Horizon 10 Year Anniversary

On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion initiated an immense tragedy that took eleven lives and spewed over three million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, causing one of the largest environmental disasters in U.S. history. As a result of the various legal settlements and fines imposed, more than $7.29…

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Lighthouse Keepers of the New Canal Lighthouse

“There isn’t anything unusual in a woman keeping a light in her window to guide menfolk home.I just happen to keep a bigger light than most women because I have got to see that so many men get safely home”Margaret Norvell March is Women’s History month, it is also significant for being the month in…

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Osprey Initiative “Litter Gitter”cleaning waters in Ponchatoula

Through a grant from the River Network, LPBF is partnering with Osprey Initiative, to remove and prevent litter from Tangipahoa Parish waterways.  Using the patented “Litter Gitter” tool from Osprey, floating litter from stormwater runoff is intercepted and captured before it can continue downstream. Litter captured in the device is then separated into vegetative debris,…

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114 community leaders ask the Corps to make a win-win decision for a threatened swamp

More than 100 business, parish and community leaders mobilized over the past few weeks, signing their entities onto a request for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to contribute to the state’s River Reintroduction into Maurepas Swamp project to balance what will be lost in the construction of the West Shore Lake Pontchartrain levee. The widely-supported Maurepas Swamp…

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Louisiana Scenic Rivers Photo Contest!

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries invites you to participate in a photography contest celebrating the 50th anniversary of Louisiana’s Scenic Rivers Act! ENTRY DEADLINE: June 1, 2020 at 12:00 AM The purpose of the contest is to promote the beauty of Louisiana’s designated natural and scenic rivers. All photographs must be taken within the…

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Calling all Citizen Scientists!

At the New Canal Lighthouse Museum we are studying Microplastics …. and we need your help! Recently, we built a new laboratory at the New Canal Lighthouse Museum to learn more about Microplastics and Algae in the Pontchartrain Basin.  “Citizen Scientists” are individuals who are concerned about our environment and want to do something more…

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