Public weighs in on the LSU Lakes restoration project

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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – The LSU lakes are filled with algae and now work is being done to clean up the water and make the lakes more eco-friendly.

Around the lakes, there are signs saying exciting changes are coming and now the community is providing feedback on what they would like to see.

The current state of the LSU lakes are deplorable, filled with algae, debris and signs are asking people to find a solution to stop the pollution.

“I think it needs to be cleaned up,” said Baton Rouge resident Gregory Phillip Green

Green visits the lakes weekly, spending time to feed the turtles and ducks. He says it’s hurtful to see the animals living and eating in those conditions.

“The environment hasn’t always looked like this with the algae, green growth in the water. It hadn’t been like that, I hadn’t seen it like that in 15 years,” said Green.

Work is underway to restore the lakes, improving their natural systems and the amenities that surround them.

“We’re not having fish kill on a periodically and regular bases, we’re not having those sorts of issues with water quality and erosion,” said Sasaki’s Landscape Josh Brooks.

The master plan was presented in 2016 and now it’s time to get feedback on the design, asking for the public’s input.

“We’re really looking to listen to the community, understand what their goals are, understand what they want to see and talk to them about the issues associated with the lakes. Whether that’s the ecological issues, the technical sort of engineering issues or the sort of programmatic access issues people want to see at the lakes,” said Brooks.

Based on the current funding, phase one would allow for reshaping the shore line and establish a network of trails.

“It’s a very intricate part of Baton Rouge because we have people come from all over Baton Rouge to come to the lakes so it is very, very important so that will be one of our sites to see,” said East Baton Rouge Metro-Councilwoman, Carolyn Coleman

People who live around and visit the lakes say it’s nice to see something finally being done.

“I say they can use a little bit more of sprucing up,” said Green.

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