BP Oil Spill Reports & LPBF Oil Spill Monitoring Plan
The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) is entrusted by the public to protect and restore the habitats and water of the Pontchartrain Basin. We have performed this service for over 20 years by consistently applying basic science to monitor the health of the watershed.
The oil spill from the Deepwater Horizon impacted the Lake Pontchartrain Basin and now requires that LPBF address this new threat. To do this, LPBF developed the LPBF Oil Spill Monitoring Plan, a long-term program that will track impacts to the environment and inform the public of restoration activities. This program includes sampling and analysis of water, sediment, and biological indicators (includes fish and shell fish). LPBF is also advising agencies and other groups on the Pontchartrain Basin environment including its waters and coastal habitats.
To help LPBF monitor the impacts of the oil spill, a $25,000 grant was received from the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund at the Greater New Orleans Foundation. Their support is greatly appreciated.
Oil Impact Levels in the Basin:
Chandeleur Islands: High
Mississippi River Delta: High
Chandeleur Sound: Medium
Breton Sound: Medium
Lake Borgne: Low
Lake Pontchartrain: Low
Please help us fund this critical LPBF Oil Spill Monitoring Plan by donating now!
We understand the desire to help with the oil spill recovery efforts. The reality of cleaning an oil spill and oiled animals is that it is dirty, in remote locations, and hazardous. Oil, gas, crude, emulsified oil, tar balls, and other related substances have known carcinogens in them and pose an inhalation hazard.
For cleaning animals, the workers must not only have the required classes but must also have additional training and experience in the cleaning, handling, and care of wild animals. .
Other ways you can help LPBF's oil spill response: