Next Saturday (September 20th) is your chance to pitch in and help clean up our town! The Lake Ponchartrain Basin Foundation has organized this opportunity so all they need is some willing volunteers. The full event description is below so please read, register and share with your homies, and cohorts!!!
The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) will hold its annual Fall Beach Sweep; a day designated to clean up the Lake Pontchartrain Basin, on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 9am - 12noon. For the 9th year LPBF is happy to have Toyota as Beach Sweep’s presenting sponsor. This year LPBF’s Beach Sweep celebrates its 25th year. The sweep is held in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup sponsored by Ocean Conservancy. Volunteers, partners and sponsors help clean up the areas that drain into Lake Pontchartrain by hitting city streets and rural roadways to clean curbs, ditches and storm drains. As an added activity a limited number of storm drain markers will be placed on drains in Orleans, Jefferson and St. Tammany Parishes. Beach Sweep helps prevent our metro area from flooding and at the same time protect Lake Pontchartrain. Designated areas for cleanup around the lake at this time include Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes.
Debris picked up by volunteers is recorded on data cards that catalogue and quantify the types and amounts of trash collected. LPBF forwards this data to the Ocean Conservancy to be included in its International Coastal Cleanup master database of marine debris.
To say thank you to the volunteers, on Beach Sweep day LPBF’s Beach Sweep partners provide snacks or picnics for registered participants. These serve as a way to bring together everyone to celebrate the clean sweep of our region. Beach Sweep is an excellent avenue for stewardship, and education/outreach. This year will be a wonderful opportunity to again help take care of the healthy resource our lake has become.
For more information about Beach Sweep or to volunteer as a group or individual, please contact JoAnn at (504) 836-2238 or email@example.com.