Thank you for supporting Science for our Coast!
Our mission is to drive environmental sustainability and stewardship through scientific research, education, and advocacy.
Send us your best photos of Lake Pontchartrain!
Join us in celebrating the release of our new Water Quality app: Lake&Coast by submitting your photographs from sites across the Lake Pontchartrain Basin! Winners will be featured and receive credit in our app!

The deadline to submit photos is July 16 at 11:59 p.m. All photographs must be taken at one, or multiple, of our 11 sampling sites.
The purpose of this contest is to promote Pontchartrain Conservancy’s Lake&Coast app. The app is slated for release on iOS and Android devices in August 2021, in celebration of Water Quality Month! We are seeking night and daytime photos of each site, totaling 22 photos. There are no limits on the number of photos, or sites photographed, a contestant may submit. Photos should portray the natural habitats, recreational opportunities, or wildlife and fisheries of each of our sites.
Stay weather alert with the NOAA
New Canal Weather Station!
Did you know we have a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's weather station at our New Canal Lighthouse? You can look online at the New Canal Station for real time data. Stay updated on all things weather this hurricane season including water levels, winds, air temperature, water temperature, and air pressure. You can learn all kinds of fascinating information from the weather station such as how tides and heavy rainfall might affect our lake, and more!
Learn about our professional development
for educators!
In April and June, the Education Department hosted two professional development workshops for Title I middle and high school science educators. Participants from throughout the Pontchartrain Basin joined the Education team to explore locally relevant environmental topics through hands-on activities and received free STEM kits to use in their classrooms. The workshops are place-based and are located in the Greater New Orleans area.

The latest workshop in June focused on the Multiple Lines of Defense Strategy. Teachers explored how coastal communities are impacted by hurricanes and what lines of defense are employed to protect these low-lying areas. Teachers also learned ways to integrate the MLODS model and activities into their class curriculum to help students understand how our coast is protected and the value of those protections.

A message from our Executive Director
I hope your summer is off to a great start and you are staying cool in this heat! Our new photo contest is a great way for you and your family to get outdoors and explore the beautiful scenery of Lake Pontchartrain. Make sure to submit your photos by July 16!

We applaud the Louisiana Legislature on their continued prioritization of coastal restoration and protection at this pivotal moment in our state’s history. They must continue to prioritize science and put available funding toward the most powerful coastal restoration projects.

Here are the key takeaways from the State's FY22 Annual Plan that passed unanimously: 90% of total expenditures will go toward project implementation and maintenance, there are 125 active projects (73 of those are in SE Louisiana!), 18 dredging projects are slated for construction using 89.4 million cubic yards of dredged material to create or nourish nearly 14,000 acres of our coast.

There is a lot of great work occurring, and we are excited to be a part of it.

Thanks for your continuous support of Science for our Coast!
Executive Director Kristi Trail