Link: http://www.saveourlake.org/stormsweep. NEW ORLEANS– The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, in conjunction with the Cityof New Orleans and Jefferson Parish, will hold its first Storm Sweep on Saturday, May 11, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Volunteers will spread out over work in designated clean-up zones throughout the area. A picnic for volunteers will follow, at the New Canal Lighthouse, 8001 Lakeshore Drive. (See map here.) The event provides volunteers with an opportunity to help clean out catch basins that eventually drain into Lake Pontchartrain. Groups can register for Storm Sweep at www.saveourlake.org/stormsweep. Several City departments will be joining in thiseffort, including the Neighborhood Engagement Office, NOLA Ready, theNew Orleans Health Department, Department of Sanitation, Department of Public Works, and the Office of Resilience and Sustainability. This event is also the same day as the Department of Sanitation’s Hazardous Waste Day, and so the City will include this event as an opportunity forvolunteers to participate in. Registration is scheduled to be open by Wednesday. Catch basins collect surface runoff and debris and are thefirst point of contact with area drainage systems. Any debris that makes it inside catch basins will eventually drain into Lake Pontchartrain,endangering wildlife and polluting the water. Excessive debris inside catch basins also clogs drainage lines, resulting in street flooding. Since 2017, the City of New Orleans has worked with local partners and residents on its Adopt-A-Catch Basin initiative to clean out and maintain catch basins throughout the city. The work is part of Mayor LaToyaCantrell's CleanUpNOLA, which works to keep public spaces free of litter, buildings up to code, roads and neutral grounds well kept, and encourage residents to do their part to keep the city clean. Click here tolearn more about CleanUpNOLA.