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Massive water-focused research center announced

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BATON ROUGE - City and state leaders announced Tuesday plans to build a massive, world-class water research facility on the Baton Rouge levee south of I-10.

The Water Campus would focus on coastal restoration and protection, and was described as a hub for public, private, non-profit, and academic groups to come together and share resources toward those goals.

The focus of the 27.6 acre campus would be a $20 million Education and Research Center built on the site of the old city dock. It would include a research model of the Mississippi River, recreating the stretch from Donaldsonville to the Gulf of Mexico.

Funding for the project will come from a partnership between the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, the state and the city of Baton Rouge. BRAF said they will donate the first 30 acres of land for the Education and Research Center to LSU, and it will be the first portion of the campus to be built with construction slated for the second half of 2014.

Louisiana Economic Development predicted that by 2030, the water management sector could add 10,000 to 20,000 direct jobs and around the same number of indirect jobs to the region. 

WBRZ News 2 will have more on the announced project tonight starting at 4 p.m.

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