Greetings from the Department of Natural Resources Atchafalaya Basin Program!
NEWS AND EVENTS
|Louisiana Sportsman: LWF Commission votes to close deer seasons in affected areas if Morganza or Bonnet Carre Spillways open
|The Advocate: Federal officials warn of Atchafalaya Basin flooding; opening of Morganza Spillway possible as soon as Tuesday
|KLFY: River Watch 2016: Unusually high water headed through the Atchafalaya Basin
|The Advocate: Macaluso fishing report: High water leaves very few options
|Times-Picayune: Department proposes hunting regulation changes for 2016
|The Waterways Journal: Port of Morgan City seeks dredging solution to rapidly silting channel
Save the Date:
|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 1/8/2016
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: -0.5'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 49.1' by 1/13, 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: +0.9'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 58.8' by 1/13, expect to CREST at 62.0 on 1/18
Mississippi River at Baton Rouge
Flood Stage: 35'
24 hour change: +0.8'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 41.2' by 1/13, expect to CREST at 43.5 on 1/18
Mississippi River at New Orleans
Flood Stage: 17'
24 hour change: +0.4'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 17.0' by 1/13, 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 39.9' by 1/13
Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 34'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 31.5' by 1/13
Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 29'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 28.6' by 1/13
Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 20'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 19.4' by 1/13
Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW
Flood Stage: 12'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 10.6' by 1/13
Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 11.9' by 1/13
Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 6'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 7.3' by 1/13
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