Water Quality Programs & Projects
To document the Lake’s water quality and encourage people to return to the lake, LPBF started the “Basin-wide Water Quality Monitoring Program” in 2001. In this program we perform weekly water quality monitoring at ten recreational sites around Lake Pontchartrain. We post our results weekly to inform the public about the Lake and other waterway’s water quality.
While wastewater is not a glamorous topic, it is one of the main reason that rivers in the Pontchartrain Basin and Lake Pontchartrain itself became polluted. South Louisiana is densely developed with individual, or on-site, wastewater treatment systems. The proper operation of these systems are inversely linked to the health of our rivers and bayous.
To clean the rivers and streams in the Pontchartrain Basin (particularly those of the lake), LPBF began the Sub-Basin Pollution Source Tracking Program in 2002 to track down and clean up fecal pollution sources. In this program we combine water quality monitoring, assistance to home and commercial wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs), and public outreach/education.
As the majority of New Orleans lies below sea level, the drainage system relies on pumping stormwater into drainage canals and directly into Lake Pontchartrain. Contaminated rainwater runoff can have a major impact on the lake’s water quality. LPBF has partnered with the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, NORA, LUSC, and Dana Brown and Associates to monitor rainwater in the “Pontilly” Neighborhood before and after installation of green infrastructure designed to treat stormwater before it drains into the lake.