December 1-3

   Maurepas Planting   

November 19
Planting in Maurepas

December 1-3
Planting in Maurepas

December 10
Lights at the Lake

January 13-14
Planting in Maurepas

January 19-21
Planting in Maurepas

February 3-4
Planting at Caernarvon

April 22
Lake PontchARTrain Craft Fair

10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sunday 11-2 
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November 2016
 Join us at the New Canal Lighthouse on Saturday, December 10 for our annual Lights at the Lake celebration.  There will be choirs from area schools, food and drinks, a visit from Santa, and a fantastic view of the boat parade!

    The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) welcomes aboard its new Executive Director, Kristi Trail, P.E. Kristi grew up along the lake in Metairie, playing on the levees, boating and fishing.  Kristi has a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Civil Engineering and was working as an environmental engineer prior to working with us. She says, "My real passion was to work for the environment, so I left industry to pursue this work full time.  I feel so privileged to be working for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.  It is a dream come true.  I want to continue the LPBF'S great work with our water quality, coastal restoration, education and outreach, and public recreational access programs. I envision our entire community splashing around in the lake when we restore Pontchartrain Beach."

   LPBF has scheduled several marsh plantings in the upcoming months.  Put on your marsh planting duds and join us!
   For the following marsh plantings, please click here to check the CRCL calendar for registration.
  December 1-3 - CRCL and LPBF planting in Maurepas
  January 13-14 - CRCL and LPBF planting in Maurepas
  January 19-21 - CRCL and LPBF planting in Maurepas
  February 3-4 - CRCL and LPBF planting at Caernarvon

   Students from Newman recently visited the New Canal Lighthouse.  These students are also taking part in LPBF's Water Watch, a program in which students get hands-on experience in water quality testing, learning not only how to do the tests but also what those tests mean for the health of local waterbodies.  On their visit to NCL, these Newman students supplemented their water quality experience with a watershed model activity, a museum tour which includes LPBF's history and how we saved our lake, and an activity that teaches about the Multiple Lines of Defense Strategy.  It was great to have you back again this year, Newman!
   For more information on LPBF's Education and Outreach programs, call us at (504)836-2238. 
   Tickets are on sale now for the Lights at the Lake raffles.  The larger raffle will feature these items:
 - 4 Disney World one-day Park Hopper passes
 - 1-Night stay and breakfast for 2 at The   Ritz-Carlton
 - 1-Night stay and breakfast for 2 at the Maison Dupuy Hotel

The smaller raffle items include:
 - 1 set of Peter Briant Lighthouse prints
 - LPBF membership
 - gift certificates
 - gift baskets

   LPBF's Coastal Sustainability Program hosted an Assimilation Workshop at Southeastern University on October 25 and 26. The workshop sought to investigate the question: Should natural wetlands be used to assimilate treated municipal wastewater in Louisiana? The agenda included presentations about the affect of nutrients, treatment methods, and nutria on habitat in both marsh and forested wetlands. Attendees included people from federal agencies, including the EPA and USACE, state agencies, including, LDEQ, LDNR, and LDWF, academics, NGOs, general public and students. There were over 100 attendees each day. Presentations will be made available on the website sometime in the next month. LPBF is working with partners to determine the next steps in regard to wetland assimilation after learning more about these projects at the workshop.

   On October 21, 2016, Dr. John Lopez presented at the "Living on the Edge" conference in Galveston, TX.  The conference focused on hurricane resilience, particularly for historic structures.  Dr. Lopez's talk described the challenges and ultimate success in rebuilding the New Canal Lighthouse and Education Center.
   Because of LPBF's environmental focus on Lake Pontchartrain, we anticipated a transformational organization opportunity to utilize the historic New Canal Lighthouse for environmental education and outreach.  In the late 1990s, the federal government was planning to build a new U.S. Coast Guard station and end its use of the NCL.  LPBF hoped to have the NCL and land donated to LPBF
, and there was a verbal understanding with the USCG to do so when they did move to their new facility in 2001.  Before the property transfer was consummated, however, Hurricane Katrina struck in 2005, followed by Rita a month later.  Finally, a rare extreme winter storm gave the lighthouse a final blow.  Afterward, the lighthouse was deemed irreparable.  Aside from the bleak urban backdrop of the disastrous consequences of Katrina, this event changed not just the physical lighthouse but its legal status, altering the understanding that the lighthouse might be simply transferred to LPBF.  Even though LPBF has a lease for the NCL in ruins, the USCG successfully petitioned to remove NCL from the National Register of Historic Places, and the NCL was therefore no longer under the National Historic Lighthouse Preservation Act.  Thereby, the NCL land and salvaged structural materials were now simply "excess government property" subject to general property divestiture rules including public bidding and possible use of proceeds for USCG retirees.  Throught persistence and many allies, LPBF ultimately was able to lease the NCL site for a nominal rent from a local state agency and to purchase the deconstructed NCL materials.  The rebuilding of the NCL began in 2011 and was completed and opened to the public as a museum and education center in 2013.

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Rotary Club of Metairie Learns about Work of LPBF