- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Baton Rouge Area Foundation says that for its 50th anniversary, it’s hiring companies to create a master plan for the LSU and City Park lakes.

The foundation says dredging is needed to keep the lakes from silting up and reverting to swampland.

The first step will be surveying the lakes’ depth and the soil at their bottoms. That’s a key to understanding how much must be dredged and how it can be used.

A team led by landscape architects will then be hired to create new amenities based on ideas from the community.

The master plan will also identify sources of money for the work and recommend ways to ensure the long-term upkeep and improvement of lakes, and the smaller lakes connecting to them.

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