Greetings from DNR Secretary Scott Angelle and the Department of Natural Resources Atchafalaya Basin Program
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The first two public meetings in St. Mary Parish and Iberville Parish were a success, with many citizens attending to hear presentations on the recent flooding and learn about the Atchafalaya Basin Natural Resource Inventory Assessment System.
The final public meeting is Wednesday, August 17 in St. Martinville.
Water Management Projects proposed for inclusion may be presented at that meeting, and an update on the FY2010 Basin Plan will be given.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011 - 6:00 p.m.
St. Martin Parish
St. Martin Parish Council Chambers
301 West Port St.
St. Martinville, Louisiana 70582
New Water Project Nominations:
The New Water Project Nomination Form for water projects to be proposed for the FY2013 Annual Atchafalaya Basin Program Plan is now available at http://dnr.louisiana.gov/assets/OCM/ABP/ABP_PROJECTNOMINATIONFORM_REVISED_032411.pdf
Please return this form by mail to the address below, fax to (225) 342-6887, email to Atchafalaya@dnr.com or bring in person to an Atchafalaya Basin Water Management Project Nomination meeting.
Louisiana Department of Natural Resources
Atchafalaya Basin Program
P O Box 94396
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
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:
HCR 34 by Representative Karen St. Germain, a concurrent resolution to approve the FY2011-2012 Atchafalaya Basin Program Annual Plan has been passed by both houses of the legislature. To view the Plan, go to DNR Facebook site and click the Basin line or go directly to Atchafalaya Basin Program site at 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.
Data is for 8/11/2011
ALL STAGE FORECASTS INCLUDE 24 HOURS OF FUTURE RAINFALL.
Mississippi River at Cairo
Location: Southern most 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 24.6' by 8/15
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 32.6' by 8/15
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 at 13.7' by 8/15
Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 41'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 9.4' by 8/15
Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 37'
Forecast: expect to HOLD at 8.3' by 8/15
Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 25'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 6.4' by 8/15
Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW Flood Stage: 12'
Flood Stage: 12'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 4.5' by 8/15
Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 3.9' by 8/15
Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 4'
Forecast: expect to HOLD at 3.1' by 8/15
NOTE: Gauge reading affected by ocean tides.
ATCHAFALAYA BASIN STREAMS:
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
Beau Bayou Swamp
Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson
Bayou Darby at Fausse Pt. Cut
Stage: TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE