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Your input can improve Baton Rouge Lakes

4 years 6 months 5 days ago Friday, September 12 2014 Sep 12, 2014 September 12, 2014 4:51 PM September 12, 2014 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Troy Gaulden

BATON ROUGE - The Baton Rouge Area Foundation wants your input on how to improve the quality of the Baton Rouge Lakes.

With the quality of the shallow lakes diminishing, the foundation hired a landscape architecture firm to lead a master plan to improve the lakes. The planners will begin work this month and will hold public meetings in the winter to gain feedback.

In the meantime, the foundation started up a website where you can chime in on what you want. Fisherman Richard Harris says he's fished the LSU Lakes all his life.

"I remember catching my first catfish out of this lake right here, and over the years when my dad was still alive we'd come down here just to sit in the shade and fish off the bank to just relax," he said. "There's a lot of the brush and so forth that surrounds the lake. It all needs to be cut back and cleaned up just as much as the lakes need to be dredged out and cleaned out you know."

The popular lakes around near LSU's campus offer a place for people to exercise, fish and take in the scenery. People agree that it's time to save one of Baton Rouge's landmarks.

"I've noticed an eyesore recently has been some of the growth that's coming up the sides of the lake," said Jason Stanly. "If you had a nice house on the lake you would probably want a little better view so that might be something the city can help with."

You can give your thoughts on the lakes here.


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