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The Lakes of PontchartrainTheir History and Environments$
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Robert W. Hastings

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781604732719

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604732719.001.0001

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. The Riverine and Lacustrine Communities

. The Riverine and Lacustrine Communities

(p.247) 19. The Riverine and Lacustrine Communities
The Lakes of Pontchartrain

Robert W. Hastings

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter describes freshwater tributaries and freshwater lakes and ponds in the Pontchartrain basin. The major freshwater tributaries to the Lake Pontchartrain system include the Blind River, the Amite River, and the Tickfaw River, which flow into Lake Maurepas, and the Tangipahoa River, the Tchefuncte River, Bayou Lacombe, and Bayou Bonfouca, as well as several smaller bayous (Chinchuba, Castine, and Cane) that flow into Lake Pontchartrain. There are no natural upland lakes, with lacustrine habitat, in the Pontchartrain basin, but several streams and rivers have been dammed to create artificial lakes. Borrow pit ponds have also been created along some major highways and along rivers such as the Amite and Tangipahoa where extensive gravel mining has occurred.

Keywords:   Pontchartrain basin, freshwater tributaries, artificial lakes, pit ponds

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