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BRAF describes plans to save Baton Rouge lakes

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Posted: Apr 1, 2014 6:40 AM by Rebecca Buchanan
Updated: Apr 1, 2014 6:11 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: lsu, city park, lake, restoration, plan

BATON ROUGE - The LSU Lakes are reverting to their original swampy state, but the Baton Rouge Area Foundation is trying to save them.

The Army Corps of Engineers did a study in 2008 that showed sediment is filling LSU and City Park lakes.

"The fear is that in 20-30 years these lakes might fill up," explained Nick Sims, a project manager with the Army Corps of Engineers. "Your Campus Lake, your Erie Lake, as we've seen they really are filling up with sedimentation and some of them really do look like a swamp right now."

The study called for the lakes to be dredged to depths of five feet, and for systems to be put in place to prevent sediment from building back up again. BRAF is working with multiple groups to get money to pay for those measures, and make safety improvements for runners and bikers.

"Hundreds of thousands of people use them for different reasons. If we don't do something, they will revert back to a swamp, and instead of being the crown jewels of this community, they'll be an embarrassment. They have to be fixed, we have no choice," said John Spain, the Executive Vice President of BRAF.

The lake restoration is expect to cost close to $30 million. In June, BRAF says they'll announce their team of architects and ask for public input.

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