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24th Annual Beach Sweep Presented by Toyota
will be held
Saturday, September 21, 2013
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On Saturday, September 21, 2013, volunteers for the 24th Annual Beach Sweep Presented by Toyota will help clean the areas that drain into the Pontchartrain Basin. To prevent it from washing into waterways, trash will be removed from lakefronts, bayous, canals and streets.
When Louisiana’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) designated the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) 24 years ago as Zone Coordinator for the areas surrounding Lake Pontchartrain in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, and St. Bernard Parishes, the Beach Sweep clean up was born.
The Annual Beach Sweep to clean up the Pontchartrain Basin is held on the third Saturday in September in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup sponsored by Ocean Conservancy. The event is from 9:00 am -12:00 noon and is followed by a picnic for registered participants.
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Businesses, school groups, scout groups, church organizations, and individuals are encouraged to participate in the annual event.
We offer several different levels of participation:
- Sponsor: There are 4 levels of financial sponsorship. For more information on how you or your company can become a sponsor,contact Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Partner: Oversee a neighborhood or community area and host one of the thank-you picnics. Bringing people together for a celebration picnic after the sweep helps foster stewardship in keeping the lake clean.
- Zone Captain: Attend a planning meeting. Bring a group of 3 or more to participate the day of Beach Sweep. Captains are also responsible for filling in the summary data cards to record the collected items that are listed on individual data cards.
- Volunteer: Call the office at (504) 836-2238 anytime after August 1st to register. Then join us on Saturday, September 15th to help collect trash and fill in the data cards.
This event is a wonderful opportunity to help preserve the quality of life in our Basin. Groups that wish to volunteer should elect a contact person for your group. They will serve as Zone Captain. Your Zone Captain will contact the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation to register your group and attend a meeting where LPBF will assign the zone to be cleaned and provide trash bags and data sheets to record the trash that has been picked up. On the day of Beach Sweep, the zone captains are responsible for organizing their group to bring rakes, shovels, gloves, etc. to their clean-up sites and handle any refreshments for their groups while cleaning their zones.
For more information or to sign up to volunteer for our 2013 sweep, please contact JoAnn at (504) 836-2238 or email@example.com.
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 2013 sponsorships, please contact Angela at (504) 836-7117 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take a look at our 2012 Sponsors & Volunteers.
Need More Information?
For more information on this event or others, please contact JoAnn at (504) 836-2238 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