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State budget a setback to plans to restore the LSU Lakes

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BATON ROUGE - A setback has happened for those trying to restore the lakes around Baton Rouge City Park and LSU as the project is to receive less than a third of the total money expected from the legislature.

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation revealed a rough draft of their master plan for the lakes last month. The plan was put together over the course of last year.

The foundation was hoping for about $40 million, but instead the project was only allocated $13 million.

Some of that money could come later this year, however, none of it is guaranteed.

BRAF says it's a good start but it's not enough, hoping other organizations will pitch in.

"The legislature's money will at least jump start it," said Jenni Peters.

Peters owns Varsity Sports and is part of the Lakes Advisory Committee.

"It will get the project started and I think that will kind of invigorate the other invested parties into contributing and helping out with the lake," Peters said.

Residents who live on the lakes, on the other hand, aren't convinced work will begin any time soon as they expect to wait decades to see any sort of movement in regards to restoration efforts.

"I've been to all the meetings or almost all the meetings and the plan looks like a very good plan the question of whether it will be implemented or not remains to be seen," said Brain Dubreuil, Baton Rouge Lakes homeowner. "Everything we do involves money and the question is coming up with the funds, that's the issue."

BRAF says the final plan is nearly complete and a possible update could come next week.

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