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Restoration - Restoration of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Contributors: Penland, Maygarden, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation In the 1980's, public concern about the deteriorated condition of Lake Pontchartrain led to increased focus on restoration and protection by a variety of organizations and government agencies. For the past two decades, efforts have been under way to protect and restore the water quality and natural environments within the LPB. Since its inception in 1989, the LPBF has developed effective education, research and restoration programs, largely supported by the EPA. LPBF's role has often been to form partnerships with private and public entities in order to produce results. LPBF's role in the restoration of the LPB is discussed in the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation Restoration Accomplishments section and is summarized in Table 1.
The CWPPRA of 1990 established partnerships among the State of Louisiana and a number of federal agencies to implement restoration efforts throughout coastal Louisiana. The USACE is active in the construction and operation of the CWPPRA-funded projects such as shoreline protection, creation of marsh using dredged material and river diversions. A discussion of the CWPPRA projects is given in the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection and Restoration Act of 1990 section.
Coast 2050 is a relatively new initiative designed to aid the restoration process by providing an integrated multiple-use approach to ecosystem management, and coordinating public participation in the process.
The Pontchartrain Restoration Act of 2000 (PRA) will bring added resources to the restoration process within the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. The initiatives springing from the PRA are discussed in the Pontchartrain Restoration Act of 2000 section.
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