Brittney Rixner was born and raised in New Orleans. She is a graduate of Wade College in Dallas, and she joins us as our new Americorps Education Assistant. In her free time she enjoys gardening with her daughter, eating seafood tacos, and visiting museums. She also loves road trips, watching Hallmark movies, and learning random…

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Meet Our AmeriCorps Team: Noah Emerson

Noah Emerson serves us as our new Americorps Tree Nursery Manager and Volunteer Coordinator. He is from Anchorage, Alaska, and earned a B.S. in Marine Biology from the University of Oregon. He enjoys biking, painting, and playing the saxophone. Before coming to Pontchartrain Conservancy, Noah spent two years as a Food Security Peace Corps volunteer…

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Louisiana’s efforts to fight our land-loss crisis

Louisiana’s Efforts to Fight Our Land-loss Crisis The Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority’s 50-year, $50 billion Coastal Master Plan lays out an ambitious strategy to create a sustainable coast in the face of rapid and accelerating land loss. The Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion, a cornerstone project in the plan, has been getting a lot of…

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Storm Preparedness: Water Quality

Storm Preparedness: Water Quality Weekly Water Quality Testing Lake Pontchartrain is the jewel of Louisiana, providing the region with a prodigious fishing economy and recreation opportunities. But with these benefits the lake has also suffered historically. After having been declared un-swimmable for decades, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation cleaned up the lake and restored it…

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Meet Our AmeriCorps Team: Shannon Tillison

Shannon Tillison serves as Pontchartrain Conservancy’s Water Quality Technology Coordinator. She graduated from Jacksonville State University, where she earned a B.A. in Communications with a minor in Information Systems. She has always loved water and cherishes getting to work together with the Water Quality department in their endeavors and in improving their data systems. After…

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A Farewell to Dr. John Lopez

Dr. John Lopez has been an integral member of Pontchartrain Conservancy since its founding in 1989.   He was a founding volunteer, board member and stepped in as the Executive Director of PC for 4 years from 2010 to 2014. While Executive Director, he managed the reconstruction of the New Canal Lighthouse, which opened in…

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Manatee Sighting in Lake Pontchartrain!

On Thursday, December 10th a manatee was photographed near our New Canal Lighthouse by Joe Underwood. There are manatee sightings in Lake Pontchartrain almost every year but, most manatee sightings are on the north shore, generally in spring and summer months and rarely if ever, has a manatee been seen on the south shore. In…

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Enjoy the Holidays and Benefit the Environment With These Handy Household Tips

By Olivia Ledet – Outreach Coordinator, Pontchartrain Conservancy; Isabella Donnell – Outreach Assistant, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana; and Timira Lockheart – Outreach Coordinator, National Wildlife Federation This year’s holiday celebrations will look different than years past. While we can’t gather and celebrate in the same ways as before, you can make new traditions with…

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Meet Our AmeriCorps Team: Olivia Ledet

Olivia Ledet is serving as Pontchartrain Conservancy’s Community Outreach Coordinator. She graduated this semester from Loyola University New Orleans with a B.A. in Mass Communications and a minor in Political Science. Olivia is born and raised in Southeast Louisiana and loves to spend time enjoying the outdoors whether that be in a boat, in a…

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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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