- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Two of four meetings to gather public input on the future of Baton Rouge lakes have been set for November and December with two additional meetings yet to be announced.

The Advocate reports (http://bit.ly/ZNCpGK ) the Baton Rouge Area Foundation announced plans in March to start work on a master plan on how to address long-standing problems with the six lakes owned by LSU and the city-parish.

“We now need the people of our parish to share their ideas at the public meetings,” said John Spain, the foundation’s executive vice president. “The more support we have, the easier it will be to implement what is being drawn up by the people and the planners.”

Created out of a former swamp in the 1930s, the lakes have been filling up with sediment from surrounding properties. That has resulted in water quality problems, including low levels of dissolved oxygen in the water as well as runoff from the interstate and the larger watershed.

The shallowness of the lakes - City Park, University, Campus, College, Crest and Erie - has also limited fishing, boating and, if cleaned up enough, even swimming.

Information and updates are available at BatonRougeLakes.org and The Lakes.MindMixer.com.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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