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Future of Baton Rouge lakes discussed Monday

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BATON ROUGE - The future of Baton Rouge's lakes could be decided today.

Four teams competing to create a master plan began pitching their ideas at 9:00 a.m. this morning at the Manship Theatre. Each group had an hour to present their plan.

Each team, led by a landscape architect, has been charged with crafting a new master plan for restoring and enhancing the lakes and their surroundings in balance with long-term preservation of the natural system.

The restoration effort comes as the lakes are reverting to their original, swampy state. The Army Corps of Engineers did a study in 2008 that showed sediment is filling LSU and City Park lakes.

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. The lake restoration is expect to cost close to $30 million.

It is not certain that a decision will be reached today. The public is invited to attend and voice their concerns.


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