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 Watersheds, Wetlands, and Surface Water

Baton Rouge is strongly influenced by water. Flat topography, heavy rainfall, wetlands and the channelization of the Mississippi River combine to create a unique ecosystem that has been shaped over the last 300 years by both natural and human impacts.

The vision for FUTUREBR is for the Parish to protect and conserve its environmental assets, and to foster a green, active, ecologically diverse and economically sound community.

The eastern part of the Parish drains into the Amite River and the southern part of the Parish drains into Bayou Manchac. The northwest portion of the Parish drains into the Mississippi River. Water management and management of biodiversity and other natural systems, is best handled at the watershed level. Remediation or mitigation of such changes, therefore, should take place within the same watershed to achieve ecological benefits and maintain the integrity of the watershed.

To learn more about Watershed Planning and the efforts of the City-Parish Planning Commission, please refer to Information Bulletin 83.