There's going to be mass amounts of plastic floating around in Lake Pontchartrain, but have no fear, this time it's not trash! Jefferson Parish is plunking down $50K for 17 recycled plastic islands, which will be anchored near the recently opened Bucktown Harbor and Marina, nola.com reports. The 200-pound islands could be just the comeback that Bucktown, a Katrina-ravaged fishing community, needs. Fishermen are crossing their fingers that this will bring back fish and crab to the area. Lake preservationists hope the islands will help with pesky shoreline erosion and aid in the general health of the lake. Back in the '70s and '80s, Lake Pontchartrain was disgustingly polluted, with "This lake is dangerous to your health" signs planted along the shore.
· Jefferson Parish to Build 17 Islands To Protect Lake Pontchartrain Marshes [nola.com]
· Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation [saveourlake.org]