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Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation's success depends on the dedication and talents of thousands of volunteers. People often volunteer with us because they feel a personal commitment to protecting and restoring our basin, so that all of us can enjoy it. Motivated by this valuable feeling of ownership, volunteers get involved in a variety of fun, interesting events that we hold throughout the year. Learn more

Many of these events are annual, including our Back to the Beach Festival, Beach Sweep, Fishing Rodeo, Golf Classic, and Northshore "Let's Make Waves" Party.

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation staff also welcomes those who wish to volunteer in our office. Office volunteers regularly offer their time and talents throughout the year. Their assistance is invaluable. Learn more


Thank you to our 2016 Beach Sweep & Picnic Supporters!

Presenting Sponsor for 10 Years

Picnic Sponsor
Atmos Energy

Contributing Sponsors
Abita Brewing Company
The Coca-Cola Company
McAlister’s Deli

Beach Sweep Partners
Keep Madisonville Beautiful
Madisonville Chamber of Commerce
Keep Baton Rouge Beautiful
Keep Covington Beautiful
Friends of LA Wildlife Refuges
Keep Mandeville Beautiful

Volunteers Groups
East Jefferson High School AFJROTC
U.S. Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans
East Jefferson HI-Y
Lakeview Civic Improvement Association
Acorns 2 Oaks Homeschool
Bayou Paddlesports
L. COPRI Young Professionals Group
39th Cypress BPSA
Ursuline Academy
Environmental Resources Management
Loyola University Environmental Law Society
Harry Hurst Middle School Wetland Watchers
New Orleans Power Squadron
Jefferson Parish Environmental Affairs
Cabrini High School
Mount Carmel Academy
University of Southern Mississippi
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Mandeville Middle School
L. P. Monteleone Junior High School
Kenner Rotary
Lake Pontchartrain Women’s Sailing Organization
Holy Rosary Academy and High School
Sigma Kappa – Epsilon Beta Chapter
Audubon Nature Institute
Friends of Lafitte Greenway
University of New Orleans Society for Earth and Environmental Scientists
City of Kenner
Benjamin Franklin High School Green Society
Crescent City Christian School
Louisiana Master Naturalists of Greater New Orleans
Youth Conservation Corps
Tulane University
St. Mary’s Dominican High School
Boy Scout Pack 710
Boy Scout Pack 496
Boy Scout Pack 27
Boy Scout Pack 30
Boy Scout Pack 117
Boy Scout Pack 38
Girl Scout Troop 40212
Girl Scout Troop 40289
Girl Scout Troop 41309
Girl Scout Troop 41348
Girl Scout Troop 10617
Girl Scout Troop 45039
Girl Scout Troop 46071
Girl Scout Troop 41364
Girl Scout Troop 30164
Girl Scout Troop 41102
Girl Scout Troop 41155
Girl Scout Troop 40825
Girl Scout Troop 40467
Girl Scout Troop 40339
Girl Scout Troop 40523
Girl Scout Troop 40943
Girl Scout Troop 40990
Girl Scout Troop 41002
Girl Scout Troop 40227
Girl Scout Troop 40006
Girl Scout Troop 40781

Thank you to all of our Beach Sweep & Picnic Volunteers!

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) held its 27th annual Beach Sweep presented by Toyota, a day designated to clean up around the Lake Pontchartrain Basin, on Saturday, September 17, 2016.  LPBF’s Beach Sweep was held in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup sponsored by Ocean Conservancy. Volunteers, partners, and sponsors helped 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 were 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.

Debris picked up by volunteers was recorded on data cards or in Ocean Conservancy’s Clean Swell app, which both catalogued and quantified the types and amounts of trash collected.  LPBF forwarded 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 provided a picnic 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.

This year the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation again placed our own LPBF storm drain decals, provided through a grant from Keep Louisiana Beautiful, on storm drains in the metropolitan area. These decals alert our citizens that all storm drains lead to the lake, so we must avoid dumping trash in them in order to prevent flooding and the pollution of Lake Pontchartrain.

Keep Louisiana Beautiful, Inc. is the state's anti-litter and community improvement organization focused on education, enforcement, awareness and cleanups.  Affiliated with Keep America Beautiful, Keep Louisiana Beautiful's mission is to promote personal, corporate, and community responsibility for a clean and beautiful Louisiana.  With a network of 39 affiliates in communities throughout the state, over 23,000 volunteers work toward a clean and beautiful Louisiana.

For more information about Beach Sweep, please contact Joann Haydel or Anne Barrett at (504) 836-2238,, or


Click the image below to view the Beach Sweep Zone Map

Total trash LPBF's Fall Beach Sweep collected since 2006

Total 2006: 1953 volunteers  2077 bags of trash   ~140 miles
35,309 lbs trash  (# bags x 17#)           No recycling done
(including Tangipahoa  and St. Charles Parish)          

Total 2007: 1606 volunteers  1644 bags of trash    ~97 miles
27,948 lbs trash (#bags x 17#)        No recycling done
(including St. John Parish)

Total 2008: 1645 volunteeers 1353 bags of trash      ~95 miles
23,001 lbs trash (#bags x 17#)     12 bags alum cans recycled

Total 2009:  2100 volunteers    978 bags of trash     ~115 miles
16,625 lbs trash (#bags x 17#)          4 bags plastic bots recycled

Total 2010:  1840 volunteers    798 bags of trash     ~136 miles
13,566 lbs trash(#bags x 17#)           5 bags plastic bots recycled

Total 2011:  1740 volunteers    881 bags of trash     ~141miles
14,977 lbs trash(#bags x 17#)           2 bags plastic bots recycled

Total 2012:  1690 volunteers    1038 bags of trash     ~141miles
17,646 lbs trash(#bags x 17#)           2 bags plastic bots recycled

Total 2013: 750 volunteers (rainout event)
                   ~3000 lbs trash(#bags x 17#)

Total 2014:  1610 volunteers    870 bags of trash     ~120miles
14,800 lbs trash(#bags x 17#)           43 bags plastic and aluminum recycled

Total 2015:  1890 volunteers    895 bags of trash     ~140miles
15,215 lbs trash(#bags x 17#)           No recycling done

Total 2016:  1512 volunteers    ~185 miles
11,728 lbs trash(#bags x 17#)           No recycling done

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Contributions to LPBF are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Marine Litter Statistics
from the Ocean Conservancy

Litter is a severe problem on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain. We need to stop this problem by being thoughtful with our trash and by picking up any trash we see. Pontchartrain will appreciate it and we will too.

Marine and shoreline litter can come from anywhere and be blown in by wind or travel by rivers, streams, storm drains and marine currents. Litter can originate from recreational and commercial activities on or near the water such as fishing, picnicking, boating and commercial shipping, oil and gas rigs, cruise ships, and construction. These activities and many others cause our waterways to become unsightly and pose a risk to human and animal health.

Top 10 Litter Items Worldwide:

1. cigarettes/cigarette filters
2. bags
3. caps, lids
4. food containers/wrappers
5. cups, plates, forks, knives, spoons
6. plastic beverage bottles (2 liters or less)
7. glass beverage bottles
8. straws, stirrers
9. beverage cans
10. rope

Decomposition Rates

Glass Bottle 1,000,000 years
Monofolament fishing line 600 years
Plastic beverage bottles 450 year
Disposable diapers 450 years
Aluminum can 80-200 year
Foamed plastic buoy 80 years
Rubber boat sole 50-80 years
Foamed plastic cup 50 years
Tin can 50 years
Leather 50 years
Nylon Fabric 30-40 years
Plastic film canister 20-30 years
Plastic Bag 10-20 years
Cigarette filter 1-50years
Wool sock 1-5 years
Plywood 1-3 years
Waxed milk carton 3 months
Apple core 2 months
Newspaper 6 weeks
Orange or banana peel 2-5 weeks
Paper towel 2-4 weeks
From: "Pocket Guide to Marine Debris," The Ocean Conservancy, 2004.
Sources: U.S National Park Service; Mote Marine Lab, FL and "Garbage In, Garbage Out," Audubon Magazine, Spt/Oct 1998
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