More than 1,600 volunteers from around the lake covered 120 miles, picked up 14,800 pounds of trash and 628 pounds of recyclables, and marked storm drains as part of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation’s 25th annual Beach Sweep. With cleanups organized in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Charles, St. Tammany and East Baton Rouge parishes, data from the event will be reported to the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. The global event last year removed more than 12 million pounds of trash.
A picnic for volunteers was held at LPBF’s New Canal Lighthouse Museum and Education Center. The center at 8001 Lakeshore Drive is in the 1890’s era lighthouse the foundation rebuilt and raised 19 feet after Hurricane Katrina. Tours are available from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For information, call (504) 836-2238 or visit saveourlake.org.