The Water Quality Program is involved in a variety of projects that impact the water quality in our basin. We provide links to technical reports and other documents below.
Pontchartrain Conservancy provides information for our program activities, and resources for all to use. You can read about our Weekly Recreational Monitoring Program, our GIS analysis capabilities, Pollution Source Tracking, and our Wastewater Assistance Program.
If you have a home sanitary system (or aerated treatment unit), you can read about maintenance tips and important do’s and don’ts at this link.
We have performed targeted watershed work in Tangipahoa and St. Tammany Parishes. You can read about Pontchartrain Conservancy’s efforts to address pollution sources on the Tangipahoa River, Natalbany River, Tickfaw River, and the Bogue Falaya River and Abita Watersheds.
St. Tammany Parish Ponds and Hotspots: Pontchartrain Conservancy assisted St. Tammany Parish in evaluating surface waters and Best Management Practices (BMPs) in stormwater management ponds. You can read the report by clicking here.
Bayou St. John: Pontchartrain Conservancy has also been active in restoring the Bayou St. John, which is designated as an Outstanding Natural Resource. You can read about our efforts to sample the bayou, and the replacement of the flood control structure here.
Maxent Canal: Pontchartrain Conservancy has also conducting sampling and analysis of the canal system in New Orleans East canal system. You can read about the sampling activities, and results, here.
Pontchartrain Conservancy’s John O’Donnell was invited to share the success of our Homeowner Sewer Assistance Program at the National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration. Focused on the Northshore, the program sets out to help homeowners better understand how to manage their wastewater. Unlike in New Orleans, Northshore communities must provide individual, onsite sewage treatment. Through the program, Pontchartrain Conservancy partners with local parishes to carry out door-to-door inspections and offers education to local inspectors and homeowners. You can view the slide deck here.
PUBLIC COMMENTS FOR PERMITS
Guste Island Utility Wastewater Assimilation Permit: Pontchartrain Conservancy provided comments to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality for the Guste Island assimilation project. You can read about our concerns with the project by clicking here.
City of Mandeville Wastewater Assimilation Permit: Pontchartrain Conservancy provided comments to the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality on the City of Mandeville’s Wastewater Assimilation Permit. You can read about our concerns with the project by clicking here.