Beach Sweep 2021
Lake and Coast Photography Contest Winners!
Celebrating the release of our new app: Lake and Coast we asked YOU to submit your photographs from sites across the Lake Pontchartrain Basin! The contest is now closed. Winners can be viewed at the link below and on our Lake and Coast app releasing this month! North Shore Beach photo credit: Sebastien Pinto
Visit the EPA's Reactive Fish Sculpture at the Lighthouse!
The U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently mounted an underwater sensor at the New Canal Lighthouse that is connected to a kinetic sculpture created by the EPA. The sculpture is a trout that moves and lights up with different colors based on the water quality data that the sensor is reading. It’s a fascinating way to interpret water quality data! The fish sculpture tests the salinity, algae, dissolved oxygen, and turbidity of the water.
L.A.M.P.S program is now on the south and north shores of Lake Pontchartrain!
To help combat microplastics we created a team of community scientists called L.A.M.P.S., Lakefront Algae, and MicroPlastics Scientists, who collect water samples throughout the basin to study these conditions. Our L.A.M.P.S. program is now offered at two locations on the south and north shores of Lake Pontchartrain! At both labs, you will learn about water quality conditions, measure algae markers, and analyze microplastics found in our waterways.
Our mission is to drive environmental sustainability and stewardship through scientific research, education, and advocacy.
We've been keeping you up to date with the latest conditions around the lake and in our basin since 2000. Check out our latest happenings and weekly results below!
Access information on projects and research that will keep our coastal region economically and culturally sustainable for the future.
The New Canal Lighthouse and Education Center has reopened to the public. We are excited to welcome the community back to experience this historic location.
If you have any questions, please call the museum at (504) 282-2134
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