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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


beach sweep

sATURDAY, mARCH 21, 2015
9AM - 11:30am AROUND the Lake
Picnic follows for Participants

Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) will hold its first "Spring Sweep", a day designated to clean up around the Lake Pontchartrain Basin, on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 9am - 11:30am. LPBF is happy to announce Entergy as LPBF's Spring Sweep presenting sponsor. To volunteer for "Spring Sweep" call 504-836-2238 or email No group is too large or too small!

LPBF's Spring Sweep presented by Entergy will be held in conjunction with Keep America Beautiful's "Great American Cleanup". Volunteers, partners and sponsors will help clean up areas that drain into our lake by cleaning ditches and roadways, curbs and storm drains. Spring Sweep will help prevent our metro area from flooding and at the same time protect Lake Pontchartrain.

Debris picked up by volunteers is recorded on data cards that catalogue and quantify the types and amounts of trash collected.  LPBF forwards this data to the local parishes so they can document the debris entering the local drainage canals and ultimately the lake.

To say thank you to the volunteers, on Spring Sweep day LPBF’s Spring Sweep partners provide snacks or picnics for registered participants.  These serve as a way to bring together everyone to celebrate the clean sweep of our region. Spring Sweep is an excellent avenue for stewardship, and education/outreach. This year will be a wonderful opportunity to again help take care of the healthy resource our lake has become. Call 504-836-2238 to volunteer.


2015 Fall Beach Sweep Saturday, Sept 19th


The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) held its annual Fall Beach Sweep last September on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 9am - 12noon. For the 9th year LPBF was happy to have Toyota as Beach Sweep's presenting sponsor. For 2014, LPBF’s Beach Sweep celebrated its 25th year.For more information about Beach Sweep or to volunteer as a group or individual, please contact JoAnn at (504) 836-2238 or

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LPBF appreciates the support from our 2014 Sponsors. Their contribution to Beach Sweep was vital in making the 2014 event a success.

Thanks to over 1,600 volunteers in fall of 2014 who collected over 14,800 lbs. of trash!

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

For more information on this event or others, please contact Angela Dorvin at (504) 836-7117 or

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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