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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


Water Watch

LPBF's Water Watch Program for students:

The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation is currently facilitating ten water quality monitoring school programs in the Pontchartrain Basin. The Water Watch Program is designed to teach students about water quality, science and watershed management. After an introductory presentation by one of LPBF's staff, teachers take their groups to test water quality in a selected drainage canal in the New Orleans metropolitan area or in a river or stream on the North Shore.  Students conduct five to six tests a semester, or ten to twelve tests a year for fecal coliform bacteria, temperature,  pH, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity. At the end of the school year, the students present results to LPBF staff members and an audience of their choice.
The Water Watch Program provides the perfect opportunity for students to be exposed to actual data collection as well as graphing and charting information, forming hypotheses and testing to get conclusions. The Water Watch program is designed to be a full year or semester long program. If you are interested in learning more about our program or participating in Water Watch for this semester or next year, please email  or  call (504) 836-2216.

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Thank you to Shell for generously funding our Water Watch program!


Water Watch Participants 2014-2015:


Cabrini High School

Testing location: Bayou St. John


St. Mary’s Dominican High School

Testing location: Bayou St. John


Edna Karr High School

Testing location: Brechtel Park


Groundwork New Orleans

Testing location: Bayou Bienvenue


Holy Cross High School

Testing location: Bayou St. John


John Curtis Christian High School

Testing location: Mississippi River


Louise S. McGehee School

Testing location: Audubon Park


Isidore Newman School

Testing location: Bayou St. John


New Orleans Center for Creative Arts

Testing location: Mississippi River


St. Scholastica Academy
Testing location: Bogue Falaya River


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