Blog - Pontchartrain Conservancy

Meet Our AmeriCorps Team: Cameron Field

Cameron Field serves as the Tree Nursery Program Developer and Volunteer Coordinator on the Coastal team. He is a recent graduate from Louisiana State University with a B.S. in Natural Resource Ecology and Management.  Born and raised in Southeastern Louisiana, he has had a love for nature and the outdoors from a young age. In…

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Meet Our AmeriCorps Team: Dan Wiet

Daniel Wiet serves as the Coastal Data Sharing Program Developer and Technology Coordinator. His background is in Environmental Science with a focus on Pollution Prevention and Remediation and GIS, and recently has started his journey into computer programming and coding. Originally from the Chicago area, he has lived in New Orleans for the past 5 years,…

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Coalition Unveils Findings on MRGO Ecosystem Recovery 15 Years After Hurricane Katrina

Press Release Report assesses impacts of channel’s closure, vital restoration needs and ongoing community recovery NEW ORLEANS (Oct. 1, 2020) — 15 years after Hurricane Katrina, the MRGO Must Go Coalition released a white paper todaydetailing new information about the environmental benefits of closing the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO) and the ongoing,urgent need for…

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Meet Our AmeriCorps Team: Education

Gina Kissee serves as Pontchartrain Conservancy’s Education Assistant. She graduated from the University of New Orleans, where she earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences with a minor in Chemistry. Having grown up in and around New Orleans, Gina was inspired to serve at Pontchartrain Conservancy in order to learn how best to contribute to her…

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Beach Sweep: How to use the Clean Swell App

Our friends at Ocean Conservancy have developed a great app to track everything you collect! Share your cleanup results with us and the world as part of the International Coastal Cleanup! Here are some tips to help you get the most out of the Clean Swell App First make sure to download the App Get…

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The New Canal Lighthouse Safely Stays Open

The New Canal Lighthouse has adapted quickly to being open during an ongoing pandemic. The lighthouse is open for tours, but we encourage you to call ahead of time. We are also starting a lunch reservation program. What better way to take a break from a day full of Zoom calls than to catch a…

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An update on Multiple Lines of Defense during this storm season

John Lopez As events are unfolding, with Hurricane Laura approaching Lake Charles our hearts are with the communities that will suffer, but it is also a harsh reminder to us all of the dire situation of all the residents of coastal Louisiana in which annually hurricanes aim for our weakened coast.  Rightfully, coastal restoration has…

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“Come see what’s new at Bucktown!”

Eva Hillmann and John Lopez In the early 2000s, the Bucktown Mitigation Marsh (BMM) was created to mitigate for six-acres of harbor dredging and 17-acres of land reclamation activities related to construction of the Coast Guard Station on the Metairie-Hammond Hwy in Jefferson Parish (JP). The marsh was planted with about 9,000 individual clumps of…

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Litter Gitter Pilot Project on Ponchatoula Creek Final Report

Osprey Initiative installed their patented “Litter Gitter” tool in Ponchatoula Creek through a grant from The River Network and in partnership with Pontchartrain Conservancy and Tangipahoa Parish Government. A site along Ponchatoula Creek which drains the southern portion of the City of Hammond, connecting to the Natalbany River, thence to Tickfaw River and into Lake…

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