News Release > Entergy, Pontchartrain Conservancy “sweep” Pontchartrain Basin
Entergy, Pontchartrain Conservancy “sweep” Pontchartrain Basin
METAIRIE, La. - Entergy has long been a leader in environmental stewardship and the company continued that tradition on Wednesday by providing a $15,000 grant to the Pontchartrain Conservancy.
The grant contributions will go toward supporting the nonprofit’s mission to drive environmental sustainability and stewardship through scientific research, education and advocacy — all of which benefit the Pontchartrain Basin and surrounding communities.
“We’re committed to building a more vibrant and thriving community” said Phillip May, Entergy Louisiana president and CEO. “Lending a helping hand to our community partners is the first step in executing that goal. Our efforts here today were about getting our communities prepared better ahead of hurricane season.”
In conjunction, Entergy Louisiana employees and volunteers met Wednesday at the Bonnabel Boat Launch in Metairie to pick up debris and plant mulch and pine straw, among other activities, as part of Storm Sweep, a monthlong cleanup and hurricane preparedness event hosted by the Pontchartrain Conservancy and sponsored by Entergy Louisiana. Storm Sweep provides residents in southeast Louisiana an opportunity to clean up debris, which improves drainage and water flow and mitigates flooding.
“Entergy has been an outstanding partner for many years, for which we are truly grateful,” said Kristi Trail, Pontchartrain Conservancy executive director. “Entergy’s generous support of our programs helps us keep our waters clean, educate the public and restore Louisiana's beautiful wetlands. Their support is truly an investment for the future of our state and its people."
Since 2001, Entergy shareholders have invested nearly $42 million in environmental projects and programs for the benefit our customers and communities in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas. These grants marked the 22nd consecutive year that our shareholders earmarked funds at this scale to protect the environment while enhancing our communities’ quality of life.
About Entergy Louisiana
Entergy Louisiana, LLC provides electric service to more than 1 million customers in 58 parishes and natural gas service to more than 94,000 customers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Entergy Louisiana is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, an integrated energy company engaged in electric power production, transmission and retail distribution operations. Entergy delivers electricity to 3 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy owns and operates one of the cleanest large-scale U.S. power generating fleets with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including 7,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana, Entergy has annual revenues of $10 billion and approximately 12,500 employees.
About Pontchartrain Conservancy
Pontchartrain Conservancy, formerly the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, is a New Orleans-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to an environmentally sustainable, prosperous and resilient region. Our mission is to drive environmental sustainability and stewardship through scientific research, education and advocacy. Pontchartrain Conservancy consists of a board of directors representing Lake Pontchartrain Basin parishes and regulatory agencies. For more information or to get involved, visit scienceforourcoast.org.