Greetings from DNR Secretary Scott Angelle and the Department of Natural Resources Atchafalaya Basin Program
LATEST NEWS AND EVENTS:
Friends of Atchafalaya: The next FOA Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 6:30 PM at the Audubon Coastal Initiative conference room at 6160 Perkins Rd (at Quail Run.) All are welcome.
Opelousas Daily World: St. Landry Played a big role in La.'s development (3/26/2012)
Saturday March 24, 2012, marked the Lower St. Martin Recreation District's first baseball tournament at their facility, which was partly funded by the ABP. Click here to view photos.
Also on this date was the dedication ceremony of the Veteran's Park Memorial Plaza in Pierre Part, LA. The plaza, flagpoles, and monument were the product of a local fundraising effort to honor veterans at the park that is named for them. The sale of engraved memorial bricks raised the money for this project. The park, which includes three ball fields, two tennis courts, a walking path, a children's playground and a covered concession/picnic area was partly funded by the ABP and a special local millage approved by the residents of Assumption Parish. Pierre Part is very proud of this park that offers outdoor activities to all its residents, from small children to senior citizens. Click here to view photos.
Water Management Project Nominations must be submitted prior to June 1st 2012 for consideration in the next Annual Basin Plan process (FY2014). You can access the nomination form at:
If you need assistance in completing a form please contact our Basin Program Staff at 225-342-6437 or Atchafalaya@la.gov.
FY2013 Atchafalaya Basin Program Plan:
The Atchafalaya Basin Program presented the FY2013 Annual Basin Plan for consideration to the Atchafalaya Basin Research and Promotion Board during a meeting held on January 23, 2012. The plan was approved by the Research and Promotion Board and will next be presented to the Louisiana Legislature for consideration in the upcoming Regular Legislative Session, Click here if you would like to view the FY2013 Annual Basin Plan.
Atchafalaya Basin Natural Resource Inventory and Assessment System:
The Atchafalaya Basin Natural Resource Inventory and Assessment System (ABNRIAS) is now available online at http://abp.cr.usgs.gov/
FY2011-2012 Atchafalaya Basin Program Annual Plan:
To view the FY2011-2012 Atchafalaya Basin Program Annual Plan, go to www.basin.louisiana.gov.
Checking the water:
The information below is obtained from the USGS and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and has been compiled by DNR into this format to allow a quick look at information pertinent to the Atchafalaya Basin. Click here for current weather conditions and water levels.
Data is for 3/27/2012
ALL STAGE FORECASTS INCLUDE 24 HOURS OF FUTURE RAINFALL.
Mississippi River at Cairo
Location: Southernmost gauge on the Ohio River in Illinois Reading significance - used to forecast rises on the Mississippi. Lag time, 4 to 6 days.
Flood Stage: 40'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 29.9' by 3/31
Mississippi River, just south of ORCS, at Red River Landing
Reading: Mississippi River south of ORCS, after the diversion into the Atchafalaya
Flood Stage: 48'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 47.3' by 3/31
Atchafalaya River, just south of ORCS, at Simmesport
Reading: The combined latitudinal flows of the Red, Black, Ouachita, and ORCS flow from the Mississippi
Flood Stage: 47'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 27.8' by 3/31
Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 41'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 21.1' by 3/31
Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 37'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 19.1' by 3/31
Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 25'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 14.1' by 3/31
Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW
Flood Stage: 12'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 7.7' by 3/31
Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Forecast: expect to HOLD at 7.9' by 3/31
Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 4'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 4.9' by 3/31
NOTE: Gauge reading affected by ocean tides.
Murphy Lake near Bayou Sorrel
Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel
Buffalo Cove at Round Island
Arm of Grand Lake near Crook Chene
Middle Fork, Bayou Long
Pontoon Bridge at Butte Larose
Bayou Darby at Fausse Pt. Cut
Beau Bayou Swamp
Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson