A new coastal restoration and protection campus will be built at the site of the old municipal docks in downtown Baton Rouge.
Gov. Bobby Jindal announced Tuesday morning the new campus on the 30-acre site just south of the Mississippi River bridge will include buildings that will “serve as the hub for public, private, non-profit and academic coastal sectors” for flood protection and coastal restoration efforts.
The Water Campus will be funded through a partnership between the state, the city-parish and the Baton Rouge Area Foundation.
The initial phase includes a $16 million model enabling researchers to test restoration measures such as river diversions; a $20 million coastal education and research center, and a $9 million for research office complex.