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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HABs: What are they and how do we measure?

Algae can be problematic in water when they grow in abundance, because when these blooms die, their degradation in the environment can deplete oxygen dissolved in water, killing fish, crabs, and oysters.  Harmful Algal Bloom (HABs) got a lot of attention over the summer of 2019. In large part, this was due to the death…

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