Litter Abatement Project at Burden Reaches First Milestone

The LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens at Burden was the site of a press conference on watershed and stormwater litter abatement efforts. Governor John Bel Edwards, Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, interim LSU Vice President of Agriculture Matt Lee and Mayor Sharon Weston Broome were some of the featured speakers at the event. This is a continuing effort of the Governor’s Litter Abatement and Beautification Task Force. Key partners in these continuing efforts are: the LSU AgCenter, the Office of Governor John Bel Edwards, the Office of the Commissioner, the City of Baton Rouge, the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, the Louisiana Stormwater Coalition and TriCoeur Engineering Services.

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