Help keep your water and wetlands clean! Each year, Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge and the Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges partners with the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation and the Ocean Conservancy to clean up waterways and beaches around the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. "Beach Sweep," now in its 31st year, will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2020.
Volunteers are needed to pick up thousands of pounds of debris. A crew of 30 volunteers is needed from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. that will target litter clean up on Lake Road. Lake Road on Big Branch Marsh National Wildlife Refuge is the most visited public use site on any of the eight refuges in Southeast Louisiana. Nearly 100,000 people annually use this area for fishing, wildlife observation, the free boat launch, and recreational crabbing. To thank volunteers, the Friends will host a picnic lunch for participants and each volunteer will receive a free t-shirt. Beach Sweep is an excellent avenue for stewardship, education, and outreach.
Space is limited to 30 volunteers and registration is required. For more information, call Wildlife Ranger Becky Larkins at (985) 882-2025.