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Restoration - Restoration of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Contributors: Penland, Maygarden, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation
Farming practices such as livestock operations, agricultural chemical applications and land-clearing activities produce runoff, which contains pathogens, nutrients, toxic chemicals, and sediment. Agricultural runoff has contributed to the high bacteria counts that have led to the closure of several north shore rivers to swimming and other forms of contact recreation.
|Figure 12: Dairy waste retention. |
|Figure 13: Conservation tillage. |
LPBF has focused on solving these impacts in the Basin and has accomplished the following:
- Worked with livestock operators to construct 67 dairy waste retention lagoons in order to reduce livestock runoff on the North Shore (Figure 12).
- Assisted farmers in implementing best management practices such as conservation tillage by providing equipment. This particular practice reduces soil erosion by more than 90% (Figure 13).
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