Ecology and Biotechnology Club members from St. Mary’s Dominican High School volunteered for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) annual Fall Beach Sweep; a day designated to clean up the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. Along Bayou St. John, the students picked up debris and recorded their collections on data cards that catalogue and quantify the types and amounts of trash collected. LPBF forwards the data to the Ocean Conservancy to be included in its International Coastal Cleanup master database of marine debris.
This year LPBF’s Beach Sweep celebrates its 25th year. Beach Sweep helps prevent the New Orleans metro area from flooding and protect Lake Pontchartrain. The sweep is held in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup sponsored by Ocean Conservancy. Designated areas for cleanup around the lake included Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John, St. Tammany and Tangipahoa Parishes. Club moderators are Theron Ferry (Ecology) and Janine Koenig (Biotechnology).