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Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) was established in response to environmental concerns voiced throughout the Basin. As the public’s independent voice, LPBF is dedicated to restoring and preserving the water quality, coast, and habitats of the entire Pontchartrain Basin.  Through coordination of restoration activities, education, advocacy, monitoring of the regulatory process, applied scientific research, and citizen action, LPBF works in partnership with all segments of the community to reclaim the Basin for this and future generations.

The Lake Pontchartrain Basin is a 10,000 square mile watershed encompassing 16 Louisiana parishes.

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New Canal Lighthouse open for visitors 6 days/week
10:00am-4:00pm Guided tours

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Plant cypress trees in Maurepas to help restore important swamp forest habitats.
Cypress plantings will be held on October 10th and 17th. Volunteers are needed!
Plantings will start around 8 am and finish around 3 pm. Llunch will be provided.


Friday, Oct 10 and Friday, Oct 17
To sign up to volunteer for either (or both) days or for more information, please contact Theryn Henkel.




Latest news on fracking in St. Tammany Parish:
Where Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation stands on the subject? To find out more on what’s happening in your city view the Fracking Assessment Report and the United States Army Corps of Engineers Comments.

Bayou St. John Urban Marsh Dedication: Oct 14th at 10am join LPBF as they dedicate a new urban marsh to the city of New Orleans. The marsh is located at the mouth of Bayou St. John. Come see the kayak second line, take a marsh tour and hear about the educational activiies that will go on. Park in the lot west of the bayou on Lakeshore Drive. Cross over the levee at the east end and go around the corner to the staging area.

Second Saturday Work and Learn at Bayou St. John: Every second Saturday from 9am to noon, LPBF will host a volunteer work opportunity at the new urban marsh on Bayou St. John at Lake Pontchartrain. Work includes trash pickup, with seasonal planting, maintenance & monitoring. Also included will be an educational talk or hands-on project about local natural and cultural history. Call 504-836-7208 for details.

Teachers and Scout Leaders: We have many educational programs that we offer here at the lighthouse. Click on our Educator's packet for more details.

Visit LPBF's Gift Shop at the New Canal Lighthouse and then take a guided tour of the museum. Consider a personalized brick to be installed in the lighthouse Fountain Plaza.



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