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Lake Pontchartrain
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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


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!

LPBF Information & Reports:

Weekly Summary of Oil Spill Reports

LPBF Oil Spill Monitoring Plan - Please help us fund this critical monitoring program by donating now.

Sensitive Habitats Information:
Priority Conservation Areas in the Lake Pontchartrain Estuary Zone

Moratorium on Drilling in Lake Pontchartrain:
Currently there is a moratorium on new oil and gas drilling in Lake Pontchartrain.  See the link below for our analysis paper on the moratorium and other related documents.  
Moratorium on Oil and Gas Leasing In Lake Pontchartrain: An Analysis - January 2010

Lake Pontchartrain Oil and Gas Structure Survey 2008-2009 Status

See below for more information:

EPA Response to BP Spill

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries

Click on the images below to view the most recent trajectory maps, weather and satellite imagery.
Louisiana GOHSEP Trajectory Maps
NASA Satellite Imagery

Volunteer Opportunities

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:

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