You probably know that there is a “Loop” in development for Baton Rouge. What you may not know is that a number of the routes being considered for the loop would bring it right through the Spanish Lake Basin / Alligator Bayou / Bluff Swamp area. – More on the issue here.
This area is a true ecological and cultural treasure and we need your help to make sure that it is not damaged by the loop project. What you also should know is that this is a “public-private partnership” that will be constructing a toll-road. It is not just a public project and we are told that the loop must make money. We must make sure that short-sighted monetary gains do not cause irreparable damage to this irreplaceable area. One of the possible southern routes that has been proposed by loop planners follows the existing Hwy. 30 (Nicholson) corridor. It would avoid the Spanish Lake area but the makers of the loop do not seem to prefer this route because they do not think it will make as much toll revenues as the routes to the north. Please take action! Contact the loop planners and tell them what you think!
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We believe that any impact to the ecological or cultural integrity of the Spanish Lake Basin is unacceptable.
As we look to the future of the Greater Baton Rouge area we must make sure that short-sighted growth decisions do not cause irreparable damage to the things that define our unique cultural heritage. It is time for SMART growth in Louisiana. Destroying swamps to build toll roads is not smart. The Spanish Lake Basin gives us a connection to Louisiana’s past and a place to experience the majesty of creation and it is right in the “backyard” of Baton Rouge.
The Spanish Lake Basin is home to giant old-growth baldcypress trees, alligators, bass, bald eagles and a multitude of other species of birds, plants, fish and wildlife. Long time LEAN board member Frank Bonifay and his partner Jim Ragland have worked for over 20 years to preserve this treasure. To learn more please visit the Alligator Bayou website.
The 5 parish presidents will decide on the final route by May 2008 but it could be made sooner. Please contact your parish president and tell them what you think. A personal email is good, a personal phone call is great and both can only help! Below is the contact information for the five parish presidents:
President Tommy Martinez
PO Box 1659
Gonzales, LA 70737-1659
East Baton Rouge Parish:
Mayor-President “Kip” Holden
PO Box 1471
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-1471
President J. Mitchell Ourso, Jr.
PO Box 389
Plaquemine, LA 70765-0389
President Mike Grimmer
PO Box 427
Livingston, LA 70754-0427
West Baton Rouge Parish:
President Riley “Pee Wee” Berthelot
P.O. Box 757
Port Allen, LA 70767-0757
To get more information on the loop visit the loop planning website.