Lake Pontchartrain

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Thomas Perumean
January 05, 2020 - 1:46 pm
The causeway over the southern end of Lake Ponchartrain, once proudly proclaimed as the longest bridge in the world, sits silent. The 92 year old bridge has been closed for year. It was set to reopen in April of last year, according to the Times-Picayune/New Orleans Advocate. Then it was set to...
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Chris Miller
September 02, 2019 - 11:16 am
Good news: You can spend your Labor Day on the lake with little worries about toxic algae. The lake appears to be recovering quickly from a record-long opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway. "Were starting to see salinity starting to return more to a normal range, said Dr. John Lopez with the Lake...
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Chris Miller
August 30, 2019 - 2:28 pm
The Louisiana Department of Health says recent testing of Lake Pontchartrain shows blue-green algae levels have dropped to a point where it's no longer considered toxic. "In June, health officials warned swimmers and other users of Lake Pontchartrain that toxins associated with the algal bloom can...
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Chris Miller
July 29, 2019 - 1:29 pm
After a record 79 consecutive days of operation, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers completely closed the Bonnet Carré spillway Saturday. The Corps announced the closure today in a post to its Twitter account. The Bonnet Carre spillway was completely closed as of Saturday, July 27th #2019Floodfight...
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July 23, 2019 - 9:00 am
Now that bays are closing on the Bonnet Carre Spillway, the lake can begin the process of recovery. Dr. John Lopez with the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation says this will take some time but he's confident the lake will recover. "The lake has some natural potential to recover, in fact, I would...
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Don Ames
July 12, 2019 - 11:24 am
St. John Parish began to experience flooding from Tropical Storm Barry's storm surge early this morning. At this time, streets in Frenier’s Landing are covered with water. The surge waters can be seen approaching homes in the area Pevine Road at Frenier’s Landing in St. John Parish is starting to...
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July 05, 2019 - 9:09 am
Authorities have found the body of a woman who had been missing after being struck by a boat while swimming in Lake Pontchartrain Thursday. The St. Tammany Sheriff's Office confirms the body was found in the lake just before 7 this morning. The beach had been closed as search teams consisting of...
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Don Ames
July 04, 2019 - 9:24 pm
Authorities are searching Lake Pontchartrain for a woman hit by a boat while swimming at Northshore Beach. The Coast Guard, Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office are all assisting in the search. According to the LDWF, a woman was swimming in the water about 5:...
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Jim Hanzo
June 26, 2019 - 8:33 am
Since the Bonnet Carre Spillway opened for a second time this year in early May, there seems to be more alligator sightings. A Kenner woman recently found a 6 foot alligator under her car. One gator was found at a northshore school and a large alligator spotted in Lake Pontchartrain on the south...
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Jim Hanzo
June 25, 2019 - 1:09 pm
St. Tammany Parish Officials have closed the St. Tammany Fishing Pier, near Slidell as well as Northshore Beach, located off Carr Drive, in the Slidell area because of the Louisiana Department of Health's algae bloom warning in Lake Pontchartrain. “The LDH is urging people to avoid contact with the...
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