SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, September 20, 2014 will be LPBF's 25th annual Beach Sweep
This past year LPBF’s 24th Annual Beach Sweep presented by Toyota was challenged with bad weather, not once but twice. Rescheduled from Saturday, September 21, 2013 due to rains, to Saturday, October 19th, morning rains again hampered the cleanup. In spite of that there were hundreds out on the streets and beaches over several weeks picking up trash and documenting their findings. 750 people collected over 3,000 pounds of trash.
“We were challenged with rainy weather on both the scheduled date and the rainout date! In spite of that groups still came out in the different communities to help “said JoAnn Burke, LPBF’s Beach Sweep 2013 Coordinator. The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation locally organizes the Annual Beach Sweep to clean up the Pontchartrain Basin. It is usually held on the third Saturday in September as part of the International Coastal Cleanup sponsored by Ocean Conservancy.
This year volunteers worked in Jefferson, Orleans, and St. Tammany Parishes. Partners for the event included Keep Covington Beautiful, Keep Mandeville Beautiful, Friends of La. National Wildlife Refuges, and Keep Madisonville Beautiful.
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation is already making plans for next year’s sweep. As a result of successful partnerships, the hope is to make Beach Sweep 2014 a more widespread Basin event to further benefit the region’s communities and the lake.
For more information about Beach Sweep, please contact JoAnn at (504) 836-2238 or email@example.com.
LPBF appreciates the support from our 2013 Sponsors. Their contribution to Beach Sweep is vital in making this event a overwhelming success.
While helping to Save Our Lake & Coast is the greatest reason to sponsor an LPBF event, there are many other benefits—including having your name placed on promotional materials and signage, recognition in our newsletters and Annual Report, tickets to special events, and more.
Sponsors receive several benefits, including recognition at the Beach Sweep Picnic held after the sweep. For details on sponsorships, please contact Angela at (504) 836-7117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to over 750 volunteers who collected over 3,000 lbs. of trash! You make this event a success.
- The Bayou Manchac Group
- Tim Sykes
- Jefferson Parish Environmental Department
- Johnson Controls
- John Curtis Christian
- HII- Avondale Operations
- New Orleans Redevelopment Authority
- Dominican Biology II Class
- New Orleans Power Squadron
- Archbishop Chapelle High School
- Audobon Institute
- Hynes Charter School Cub Scout Pack 27
- Bayou Kayaks
- Newman School
- Tulane Environmental Law Society
- St. Edward Cub Scout Pack 496
- St. Christopher Boy Scout Troop 117
- St. Christopher Cub Scout 117
Need More Information?
For more information on this event or others, please contact Angela Dorvin at (504) 836-7117 or email@example.com.
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
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
From: "Pocket Guide to Marine Debris," The Ocean Conservancy, 2004.
|Monofolament fishing line
|Plastic beverage bottles
|Foamed plastic buoy
|Rubber boat sole
|Foamed plastic cup
|Plastic film canister
|Waxed milk carton
|Orange or banana peel
Sources: U.S National Park Service; Mote Marine Lab, FL and "Garbage In, Garbage Out," Audubon Magazine, Spt/Oct 1998