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St. Tammany Parish and Southeastern's St. Tammany Center to host public seminar on oil spill monitoring plan

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND – St. Tammany Parish and Southeastern Louisiana University’s St. Tammany Center announce the latest in the Living Green Series of public education seminars, “Saving Our Coast.” The free seminar is scheduled Aug. 24, from 11 a.m. to noon in room 327 at the St. Tammany Center in Mandeville, 21454 Koop Drive, near Louisiana 59 and Interstate 12.
     JoAnn Burke of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) will present the new LPBF Oil Spill Monitoring Plan, a long-term program that will track impacts to the environment and inform restoration activities in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. The program includes sampling and analysis of water, sediment and biological indicators such as fish and shellfish.
     The Lake Pontchartrain Basin is a 10,000 square mile watershed which includes 16 Louisiana parishes and four Mississippi counties. It is one of the largest estuarine systems supporting fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico and includes one third of Louisiana’s valuable coastal wetlands. The Deepwater Horizon spill has impacted the Lake Pontchartrain Basin at the Chandeleur Islands and the Mississippi River Delta.
     The non-profit Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation has worked to restore and preserve the water quality, coast and habitats of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin for more than 20 years through coordination of restoration activities, education, advocacy, monitoring of the regulatory processes, and citizen action.
     There is no cost to attend the seminar. For more information or to register, call (985) 893-6251 or visit

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