Water Watchers

Is it safe to go swimming or boating this weekend at Fontainebleau Beach? The Tchefuncte River? Pontchartrain Beach? Since August is National Water Quality Month, we thought we’d highlight the little-known work done every week to keep us safe.

Lens Onthejob

Every Tuesday for the past 20 years, Pontchartrain Conservancy (known as the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation prior to a rebrand on June 24) has been sending water quality scientists out to 12 area recreational sites to take water samples that test the water for levels of bacteria, pH, salinity, dissolved oxygen, temperature and turbidity (cloudiness). Results from the tests — like the one seen here being performed in July at Lake Pontchartrain by Water Quality Specialist John O’Donnell — are published every Friday on the conservancy’s website. Want to swim safe? Before you take a dip, take a look at ScienceForOurCoast.org.