BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Governor John Bel Edwards and other officials were in attendance for Monday's ribbon-cutting to mark the ceremonial opening of LSU's Water Campus.
The campus, which is located on River Road in Baton Rouge, held an official opening on December 12, 2017.
The Water Campus is a $60 million urban development project in downtown Baton Rouge and is the home of the Center for Coastal & Deltaic Solutions and The Water Institute of the Gulf, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, and the LSU Center for River Studies.
LSU's Center for River Studies is finally complete.
The facility contains room for research, classrooms, and a state of the art model of the Mississippi River. The model is one of the largest of its kind in the world and will be used to help researchers study proposed sediment diversions by simulating the state's coastal master plan. While LSU will operate and maintain the center, the project is in collaboration with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.
"No matter what kind of progress we make, we're not going to solve these challenges in one generation. That's why these investments are so important. That's why the vision is so important. That's what this building is all about," said Edwards.
The movable river bed is an improved version of a model used on LSU's campus from 2002 to 2009. The operation and maintenance of the new model is funded through a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant.