Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation will hold its 28th annual Beach Sweep presented by Toyota, a day designated to clean up around the Lake Pontchartrain Basin, on Saturday, September 16, 2017. LPBF's Beach Sweep is held in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup sponsored by Ocean Conservancy. Volunteers, partners, and sponsors help care for the areas that drain the Pontchartrain Basin by cleaning curbs, ditches, and storm drains on city streets and rural roadways. As an added activity, storm drain markers will be placed on drains in Orleans and Jefferson parishes. This second project will help prevent our metro area from flooding and at the same time protect Lake Pontchartrain. Designated areas for cleanup around the lake included Orleans, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. Tammany, and East Baton Rouge parishes. To view the Zone Map, click here.
Debris picked up by volunteers is recorded on data cards or in Ocean Conservancy's Clean Swell app, which both catalogue and quantify the types and amounts of trash collected. LPBF forwards this data to the Ocean Conservancy to be included in its International Coastal Cleanup master database of marine debris.
To say thank you to the volunteers, on Beach Sweep day LPBF's Beach Sweep partners provide picnics for registered participants. The picnic is a way to bring everyone together to celebrate the clean sweep of our region. Beach Sweep is an excellent avenue for stewardship and education/outreach. It provides a wonderful opportunity to help in keeping Lake Pontchartrain swimmable.