Lake Pontchartrain Basin Restoration Program
The UNO Research and Technology Foundation has served as the grant administrator since the program’s inception in 2002.
Over 19 fiscal years, the program has received $27,826,049 in federal funding and sub-recipients have matched $5,508,144 investing $33,334,193 into the restoration and preservation of the Basin.
U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) announced $1.4 million will be awarded to the EPA’s Lake Pontchartrain Basin Restoration Program to restore the ecological health of the Pontchartrain Basin by developing and funding restoration projects. Due to Cassidy’s efforts, Congress increased funding for the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Restoration Program for FY2020 from $948,000 to $1.4 million, the first increase in nearly a decade.
The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Restoration Program (PRP) was authorized by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Restoration Act of 2000; Clean Water Act, Section 121 which amended the Federal Water Pollution Control Act; the first grant was awarded in 2002.
The purpose of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Restoration Program is to restore the ecological health of the Basin by developing and funding restoration projects and related scientific and public education projects.
The project activities may include:
• Developing and funding restoration project and related scientific and public education projects.
• Continuing to implement the plans and studies identified in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Program Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP).
• Continuing activities to preserve, enhance or restore waters for recreational use.
• Supporting the Comprehensive Habitat Management Plan (CHMP) which prioritizes significant habitat restoration and flood protection.
• Performing educational activities for the public
Lake Pontchartrain Basin is a 10,000 square mile watershed that encompasses 16 Louisiana parishes and 4 Mississippi counties. The Basin is the center of southeastern LA’s unique cultural heritage. With almost 2.1 million residents, including rural farming communities, metropolitan New Orleans, and the fishing, shrimping, crabbing, and oyster industries, the area is brimming with a diversity of people bound by a common interest: the desire for clean and healthy waters in the Pontchartrain Basin.
Projects funded under the PRP are guided by the plans and studies identified by the Comprehensive Management Plan (CMP) and are also supported by the Comprehensive Habitat Management Plan (CHMP). Projects are created with the goal to restore the ecological health of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin.
Participating Parishes and Organizations include:
East Baton Rouge
East Feliciana Parish
Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
LPB Maritime Museum
St. Bernard Parish
St. Charles Parish
St. Helena Parish
St. James Parish
St. John the Baptist Parish
St. Tammany Parish
Federal, state, interstate, local governments, Tribal governments (must be federally-recognized), regional water pollution control agencies, and other public or nonprofit private agencies, institutions, and organizations are eligible. Private profit-making entities, and individuals, are not eligible. Eligible subaward grantees may be located outside of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Watershed but projects must be located inside the Basin.
For more information regarding the Pontchartrain Restoration Program