NGO Funding Request

The recipient entity's full legal name:  Pontchartrain Conservancy

The recipient entity's physical address:
           3501 N Causeway Blvd STE 220
Metairie, LA 70002

The recipient entity's mailing address (if different):
           PO Box 6965
Metairie, LA 70009

Type of Entity (for instance, a nonprofit corporation):  Non-Profit Corporation

If the entity is a corporation, list the names of the incorporators:

The last four digits of the entity's taxpayer ID number:  2784

What is the dollar amount of the request?  $250,000

What type of request is this?  General Appropriation

Is this entity in good standing with the Secretary of State?  Yes

Provide the name of each member of the recipient entity's governing board and officers:
           LaVerne Toombs (chair) 4136 Elba Street, New Orleans, LA 70125
Dickie Brennan (vice chair) 9 Dakin Street, Jefferson, LA 70121
Michael Kelly (treasurer) 701 Poydras Street, Suite 4200, New Orleans, LA 70139
Amy Cohen (secretary) 149 18th Street, New Orleans, LA 70124
Danielle Bourg 14902 River Rd, Destrehan, LA 70047
Patrick Cresson 8001 Townsend Place, New Orleans LA 70126
David Campbell 11030 Garden Ln., Folsom, LA 70437
Elizabeth Ellison-Frost, 500 West St. Bernard Highway, Chalmette, LA 70043
Lee Henderson, 650 Poydras Street, Suite 2315, New Orleans, LA 70130
Martin Landrieu 201 St. Charles Ave, Ste 4000, New Orleans, LA 70170
John Alden Meade 909 Poydras Street, Ste 1600 New Orleans, LA 70112
Natalie Robottom 364 St. Andrews Blvd, LaPlace, LA 70068
Nick P Trist III 1475 Rue Bayonne, Mandeville 70471
David Waggonner, 1521 Eighth Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Carl Britt- State Appointee-State Appointee
La Dept of Wildlife & Fisheries
Marine Fisheries Division
61384 Fish Hatchery Rd.
Lacombe, LA 70445
Mailing address: PO Box 1190, Lacombe, LA 70445
Jennifer Armentor- State Appointee-No Term
Louisiana Department of Health
Molluscan Shellfish/Commercial Seafood Program
P.O. Box 4489
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
Zoila Osteicoechea, State Appointee-No Term
La Dept of Environmental Quality
Office of Environmental Compliance
201 Evans Road, Suite 420
New Orleans, LA 70123
Robert Williamson- State Appointee
La Dept of Natural Resources
Coastal Resources Manager, Office of Coastal Mgt.
LaSalle Building, 617 N Third St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Kristi Trail (Executive Director) 3501 N Causeway Bldv STE 220, Metairie, LA 70002

Provide a summary of the project or program:
           PC’s Water Quality Program benefits the waters of the Pontchartrain Basin, the public, and the local economy through maintaining the favorable condition of the lake and improving the condition of tributaries. This program aims to understand the current and always changing water quality conditions, identify remedies and reduce impairments as-needed, and keep the public informed about all activities.

Our Weekly Recreational Water Quality Monitoring (aka, the Basin Wide Monitoring Program) monitors twelve (12) recreational sites for physiochemical parameters [turbidity, conductivity, salinity, dissolved oxygen, temperature] and microbial indicators [fecal coliform and Enterococci] around Lake Pontchartrain. PC monitors water in terms of criteria set by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Additionally, PC has a Quality Assurance Project Plan (QAPP) approved by the EPA for this activity.

Additionally, The New Canal Lighthouse and Education Center, which was built in 2013, is the only place on the lake’s southshore for residents and visitors to learn about our relationship with water as “touch the coast.” Financial support can help us continue to grow and evolve as we see the need to offer interactive learning experiences that reach all audiences and educational learning styles and preferences. We need support to assist with evolving with the best practices in museum and education, ongoing building and site maintenance to continue to handle large audiences. Since opening the renovated Lighthouse as a museum in 2013, we have hosted more than 45,000 youth and adults, including students from 60 schools and visitors from 40 states to learn about important issues related to water quality and coastal sustainability. In addition to daily tours led by Conservancy educators and 20 volunteer docents, we provide numerous hands-on STEM learning opportunities for students. STEMOutdoors, our flagship program, helps over 4,500 students annually throughout a 16-parish region to develop interest and skills in environmental management and coastal restoration through hands-on activities.

What is the budget relative to the project for which funding is requested?:
          Salaries. . . . . . . . . . . . . $119,250
          Professional Services. . . $0
          Contracts . . . . . . . . . . . $99,250
          Acquisitions . . . . . . . . . $0
          Major Repairs . . . . . . . $0
          Operating Services. . . . $0
          Other Charges. . . . . . . $31,500

Does your organization have any outstanding audit issues or findings?  No

If 'Yes' is your organization working with the appropriate governmental agencies to resolve those issues or findings?
          Not Applicable

What is the entity's public purpose, sought to be achieved through the use of state monies?
          Pontchartrain Conservancy (PC) is the only comprehensive organization addressing the complex relationship of our culture with the water that surrounds us and vigilantly balances the needs of the environment, commercial industries, and residents with innovative solutions. PC’s mission is to drive environmental sustainability and stewardship through scientific research, education, and advocacy. The collaborative efforts of the community lead by PC have supported the removal of this natural resource from the impaired waterbodies list. The impact of that work has been largely based on the continuity of information. However, we are at risk of losing support of this historical and continuous data set.

Although Lake Pontchartrain and its surrounding area continue to face environmental challenges, the Lake and its basin have made a tremendous comeback. Much of this success is due to interested and concerned citizens who want a clean, healthy lake and basin for this and future generations, all of which is only possible with financial support.

What are the goals and objectives for achieving such purpose?
          With funding, PC can:
¿ Continue to conduct monitoring activities at 12 sites once per week, creating over 600 site-specific data sets;
¿ Continue to monitor around Lake Maurepas
¿ Share data with other agencies and entities upon request;
¿ Analyze the data to assess trends in waterbodies and further investigate sites showing poor water quality or significant changes in water quality;
¿ Disseminate water quality information to the public on a weekly basis through two means: PC’s website ( and the regional newspaper (The Advocate) with 100,000 subscribers;
¿ Be responsive when public interest in water issues requires PC to use the Internet further, through reporting on social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), television, and other media outlets.
¿ Continue to educate students and visitors through the area, state and nation about the importance of Louisiana to the U.S.

What is the proposed length of time estimated by the entity to accomplish the purpose?
           1 year

If any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official is an officer, director, trustee, or employee of the recipient entity who receives compensation or holds any ownership interest therein:
     (a) If an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of the official and the office held by such person:
     (b) If an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official, the name and address of such person; the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related; and the nature of the relationship:

     (c) The percentage of the official's or immediate family member's ownership interest in the recipient entity, if any:

     (d) The position, if any, held by the official or immediate family member in the recipient entity:

If the recipient entity has a contract with any elected or appointed state official or an immediate family member of such an official or with the state or any political subdivision of the state:
(a) If the contract is with an elected or appointed state official, provide the name and address of the official and the office held by such person: 
               Aimee Adatto Freeman District 98 State Representative

(b) If the contract is with an immediate family member of an elected or appointed state official:
          Provide the name and address of such person:

          Provide the name, address, and office of the official to whom the person is related:

          What is the nature of the relationship?  N/A

(c) If the contract is with the state or a political subdivision of the state, provide the name and address of the state entity or political subdivision of the state:

(d) The nature of the contract, including a description of the goods or services provided or to be provided pursuant to the contract:

Contact Information
name:  Kristi Trail 
                                       address:  PO Box 6965
Metairie, LA 70009

                                       phone:  5048362215
                                       relationship to entity:  Executive Director