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University Lakes Flood Risk Reduction Design

Providing flood risk reduction and water quality improvements for a 300-acre, six lake complex

  • $4.7M

    Project Value

  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Restoring natural habitats across an expanse of lakes

Originally built in 1933, The University Lakes System was created from a Cypress-Tupelo swamp in the floodplain of Bayou Duplantier. By the late 2010’s the system of waterways that includes the lakes, the nearby Corporation Canal, and Bayou Duplantier had been degraded through years of sedimentation and recent flooding.

Our team developed a plan to improve water quality and reduce flood risk while increasing natural habitat and providing expanded and safer recreational opportunities for the entire University Lakes system. The plan includes dredging the lakes reusing the spoils to create vegetative buffers along the shoreline to process nutrients and pollutants.The design also plans to achieve water quality and flood risk improvements by performing such upgrades to hydrologic connections as reconstructing the outfall weir connecting University Lake to Bayou Duplantier into a gate structure, as well as replacing an under-sized culvert connecting University to City Park lakes with a bridge. The project has also involved intense coordination with landscape architects for proper vegetation establishment and plantings.

Upon completion, our work will improve water quality, allow for improved lake draw downs, and ultimately better protect the community from future flooding.

At a Glance

  • University Lakes Foundation LLC
  • LSU, BREC, Baton Rouge
Meet Our Team

Brian Lennie, Associate

My passion is assisting clients with natural resource services from inventories to restorations, as well as regulatory permitting.

Hilary Thibodeaux, Principal, Senior Project Manager

With increasing coastal issues, I’m proud to deliver innovative and quality coastal projects to protect communities and reduce land loss.
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Ryan Waldron, Coastal Engineer

I feel tremendous pride when I work on a project that restores or protects our fragile and beautiful landscape.

Brian Lennie


Hilary Thibodeaux

Principal, Senior Project Manager

Ryan Waldron

Coastal Engineer

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