Greetings from DNR Secretary Scott Angelle and the Department of Natural Resources Atchafalaya Basin Program
LATEST NEWS AND EVENTS:
On May 1, 2012, Governor Bobby Jindal sent a letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to request that the Corps increase the water flow through the Old River Control Structure into the Atchafalaya Basin. The Governor states that below-normal water levels in the Atchafalaya Basin have resulted in adverse effects on water quality and wild crawfish harvests, and that an increase in flow into the Atchafalaya Basin could be achieved without causing adverse effects on navigation or either the Mississippi or Atchafalaya Basin systems.
Louisiana Life Magazine: How to grow crawfish
Louisiana Sportsman: Bear Bayou Bream Basics
Louisiana Sportsman: Double dipping
The Advocate: Red snapper limits to head wildlife meeting
Upcoming events: The 8th Annual Step Outside Day is scheduled for Saturday May 12th from 9:00 am-3:00 pm at the Sherburne Wildlife Management Area Headquarters. Click here to learn more.
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.
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 5/3/2012
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 RISE to 26.8' by 5/07
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 FALL to 27.1' by 5/07
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 FALL to 9.4' by 5/07
Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 41'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 6' by 5/07
Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 37'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 5.4' by 5/07
Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 25'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 4.5' by 5/07
Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW
Flood Stage: 12'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 3.4' by 5/07
Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 2.5' by 5/07
Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 4'
Forecast: expect to FALL 2.2' by 5/07
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