reminding us what native peoples have never forgotten: that you cannot separate the land from the water, or the people from the land.”

– Lynn Noel, Voyages: Canada’s Heritage Rivers



Unlike other States, Louisiana is more than just a swatch of square miles, marked on a map by imaginary lines. Our home is best understood as a dynamic meeting of land and water, defined more by its constantly changing coastline than by any arbitrary borders. From the marshy merger of sea and shore comes 70% of the nation’s harvest of oysters and other seafood. The Mississippi River, which formed much of Louisiana, is the spine of commerce connecting us with America between the Rockies and the Appalachians. Water from the Mississippi is pumped into the industries that line its banks for manufacturing of products that, in turn, are shipped out over the same river waters to markets around the world.

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation and its real estate development firm, Commercial Properties Realty Trust, have already started building The Water Campus facilities.

More than $50 million has been committed by partners, including the State of Louisiana, for developing the first phase of what will be an international destination for leading minds in science, engineering and other specialties. Ultimately, The Water Campus will attract thousands of people, all working together in an effort to understand and better manage the complex relationship between water, land, and people around the world – beginning here at home in Louisiana.




Louisiana is washing away. Our wetlands are disappearing at the perilous rate of 24 square miles per year – equal to a football field every 38 minutes. Louisiana’s extraordinarily productive stretch of coastland is in crisis, and the potential costs for our country defy calculation.

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The Water Campus is a world-class collaborative research campus devoted to the study of coastal restoration and sustainability. When fully complete, The Water Campus will have over 1.6 million square feet of commercial space.

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The Water Campus is being developed in partnership with Louisiana and East Baton Rouge Parish governments, the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, Louisiana universities, and nonprofits.

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The Water Campus will be a unique and compelling place to work.

Across the levee is the river. Down the street in one direction is LSU; in the other, downtown. And within the campus are parks, fountains, conference rooms, and education facilities.



With dedicated support from all levels of government, private sector and institutional organizations, The Water Campus is guided by strong and experienced leadership. The project is spearheaded by The Baton Rouge Area Foundation and Commercial Properties Realty Trust which has extensive development, redevelopment and project management experience.