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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Cover Art Contest & Upcoming Curriculum Pilot Program

Upcoming Curriculum Pilot Program and Cover Art Contest. While there are statewide standards for science in Louisiana, exactly how to teach these principles (aka curriculum) is left up to the teacher in the classroom. And, although designing a curriculum can give a teacher much-needed room for creativity, it can be a daunting task to tackle…

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Picky Oysters

The release of our latest Oyster Habitat Suitability report and an Artificial Reef project on the horizon. Louisiana oysters have a Goldilocks complex. They need a not-too-fresh and not-too-salty environment to survive long enough to make it onto our plates.   That perfect balance can be hard to find on a changing coast. Since the…

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WEFTEC Tour

Our first stop was the New Canal Lighthouse Museum, an homage to the hard work the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) has accomplished and our plans for the future of our changing coast. Over the lifetime of our organization, we have improved water quality around the basin reclaiming Lake Pontchartrain and the Bogue Falaya, Tchefuncte,…

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