Greetings from the Department of Natural Resources Atchafalaya Basin Program!
NEWS AND EVENTS
|LDWF: Deer Hunting Closure in Atchafalaya Basin Could Come Friday Due to Rising Flood Waters
|Times-Picayune: State bans driving, walking on Mississippi, Atchafalaya river levees during high water
|WRKF: Department of Natural Resources and Nature Conservancy to Restore Atchafalaya Basin
|KATC: St. Mary Parish Levee District Declares State of Emergency
|The Advocate: Macaluso : Big changes ahead in 2016
|Times-Picayune: Conservationists want alligator snapping turtles on endangered species list
Save the Date:
|Atchafalaya Trace Commission Meeting, Jan 6 at 10 am at the Capitol Park Welcome Center in Baton Rouge.
|LDWF Commission Meeting, Jan 7 at 9:30 am, 2000 Quail Dr. in Baton Rouge
|USACE Public Meeting to discuss possible opening of the Morganza Spillway, Jan 7 from 6 - 9 pm at the Butte La Rose fire station
|Wildlife Management Workshop, Jan 9 from 9:30 am to noon at the Port Barre Lions Club Facility. The focus is on the ecology and rearing of eastern blue birds and wood ducks. Nest boxes will be available for sale, and free Bayou Teche Paddle Trail mile signs are available for those with wood duck boxes on the Teche.
|Swamp Bird Talks, Jan 14 from 7 - 9 pm at the BREC Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center in Baton Rouge
|French Immersion Excursion (song workshop), Jan 16 from 10 am to noon at the Assumption Parish Library in Pierre Part
|Women's Mimosa Brunch Paddle, Jan 17 from 8 - 10:30 am at Lake Martin
|Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival, Jan 20 - 27 in Lafayette
|Cajun French Music Association January Dance, Jan 23 from 8 - 10:30 pm at 11175 Florida Boulevard in Baton Rouge
|Outdoor Photography Workshop and Hike, Jan 27 at Pack and Paddle
|Kayaking 101, Jan 30 from 10 am to noon at Lake Martin in Breaux Bridge
|The Cajun Way, Every Saturday in January (9, 16, 23, and 30) from 10 am to 4 pm. Local artisans, musicians, and experts show off their skills with demonstrations of music, dancing, quilting, and more, every Saturday in January at Prairie Acadian Cultural Center in Jean Lafitte National Park.
|Working the Wetlands, art exhibit featuring the fishing culture of southern Louisiana, Dec 5 through January 30 at LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans
|Atchafalaya Basin Research and Promotion Board Meeting, Feb. 2 at 9:30 in Baton Rouge
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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 1/5/2016
ALL STAGE FORECASTS INCLUDE 24 HOURS OF FUTURE RAINFALL.
Ohio 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'
24 hour change: -0.3'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 52.4' by 1/10, CRESTED
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'
24 hour change: +1.4'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 57.7' by 1/10, expect to CREST at 62.5 on 1/18
Mississippi River at Baton Rouge
Flood Stage: 35'
24 hour change: +0.9'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 39.5' by 1/10, expect to CREST at 44.0 on 1/18
Mississippi River at New Orleans
Flood Stage: 17'
24 hour change: +0.5'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 16.3' by 1/3, expect to CREST at 17.0 on 1/12
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 37.7' by 1/10
Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 34'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 29.8' by 1/10
Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 29'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 26.6' by 1/10
Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 20'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 19.1' by 1/10
Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW
Flood Stage: 12'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 11.0' by 1/10
Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 10.8' by 1/10
Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 6'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 6.3' by 1/10
Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel
Middle Fork, Bayou Long
Arm of Grand Lake near Crook Chene
Pontoon Bridge at Butte Larose
Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson