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Restoring lakes and connecting the bayou: two stories on Louisiana waterways

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Courtesy of Rob Stuart
Governor John Bel Edwarts speaking about LSU lake restoration

Over the years, the lakes at LSU have begun to look more like the swamps from which they came with sediment buildup and algae overgrowth. But recently, Governor John Bel Edwards announced that phase one of a plan to restore the lake system at LSU is fully funded and soon to be underway.

President and CEO of the LSU Foundation, Rob Stuart, tells us more about what this lake restoration will look like.

A series of connected canals with bike paths and pedestrian walkways might sound a lot like Amsterdam, or, maybe Lake Charles, Louisiana.

The head of Polaris Engineering in Lake Charles, Mike Nodier, tells us about his ambitious idea – dubbed the “Bayou Greenbelt” – that he believes will both help with storm damage mitigation and also take advantage of the city's waterways and natural resources.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Karen Henderson. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman, Aubrey Procell, and Thomas Walsh. 

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Karen Henderson is an award-winning journalist whose stories have aired nationally on NPR.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WRKF from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.