Back to the Beach

Every year on the weekend after Memorial Day the Lake Pontchatrain Basin Foundation presents Back to the Beach.

It takes place at Laketown in Kenner. As per most festivals, there will be food, bands, and stuff for the kids to do. It is also comprised of some other scheduled events. It starts on Friday evening (tonight) with a run/walk. Then Saturday afternoon there is the Bikes at the Beach motorcycle show, and all day Sunday is the Car Show. Now, this is the mission of Foundation:

As the public’s independent voice, the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation is dedicated to restoring and preserving the water quality, coast, and habitats of the entire Lake Pontchartrain Basin. Through coordination of restoration activities, education, advocacy, monitoring of the regulatory process, and citizen action, LPBF works in partnership with all segments of the community to reclaim the Basin for this and future generations.

I’m not sure if that is slightly at odds with the car and bike show, especially given the oil spill, but they are certainly a great organization, doing a lot to help restore the lake. Of course, because of the oil spill, their work has been impacted. Here’s what they have to say about that:

The Deepwater Horizon spill has impacted the Lake Pontchartrain Basin at the Chandeleur Islands and the Mississippi River Delta. It will continue to accrue further impacts of unknown extent. The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) is entrusted by the public to protect and restore the habitats and water of the Pontchartrain Basin. We have performed this service for over 20 years by consistently applying basic science to monitor the health of the watershed. The introduction of spilled oil and the spill response now requires that LPBF monitor a new threat. We have developed a long-term monitoring program that will track impacts to the environment and inform restoration activities. This program includes sampling and analysis of water, sediment, and biological indicators (includes fish and shell fish).

Friday: 6pm-11pm, Saturday: 3pm-11pm, Sunday: 10am-9pm. $10. $8/students. $4/kids.

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