Members of the Ecology and Stewardship Club and the Biotechnology Club volunteered for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) annual Fall Beach Sweep; a day designated to clean up the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. 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 26th 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. More than 1,800 volunteers collected more than 15,215 pounds of trash in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Tammany and East Baton Rouge parishes. More than 140 miles of lake front, river banks, streets and ditches were cleaned.