The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) will hold its inaugural Storm Sweep, a day designated to clean up the Lake Pontchartrain Basin, on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Volunteers, partners, and sponsors will help clean up the areas that drain into Lake Pontchartrain by cleaning curbs, ditches, and storm drains along city streets and rural roadways. As an added activity, a limited number of storm drain markers will be placed on drains in Orleans, Jefferson, and St. Tammany Parishes. This project will help prevent our metro area from flooding and at the same time protect Lake Pontchartrain. This project will help prevent our metro area from flooding and at the same time protect Lake Pontchartrain from harmful debris and toxins. Designated areas for cleanup around the lake at this time include Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. John, St. Tammany, and Tangipahoa Parishes.
To say thank you to the volunteers, on Storm Sweep day LPBF’s Storm Sweep partners host a picnic for the participants. The picnic not only serves as a way to bring together everyone to celebrate the clean sweep of our region, but also so provide some awareness on preparing for hurricane season. Thanks to our sponsors and partners, volunteers enjoy food, drinks, and music. Storm Sweep is an excellent avenue for stewardship, and education/outreach. This year will be a wonderful opportunity to again help in the rebuilding process of the metro area and the entire Pontchartrain Basin.