Greetings from DNR Secretary Scott Angelle and the Department of Natural Resources Atchafalaya Basin Program
Proposed FY2013 Atchafalaya Basin Program Plan:
The proposed FY2013 Atchafalaya Basin Program Plan is available for viewing here: http://dnr.louisiana.gov/assets/OCM/ABP/Nov2_11DRAFT2013plan.pdf
Public Hearings on Proposed FY2013 Atchafalaya Basin Program Annual Plan:
The Atchafalaya Basin Research and Promotion Board is holding Public Hearings on the proposed Annual Basin Plan for FY 2013. The time and location of these hearings is as follows:
November 14, 2011
St. Mary Parish
Morgan City Auditorium
728 Myrtle St.
Morgan City LA 70380
November 16, 2011
5850 Meriam Street
Plaquemine LA 70765
November 17, 2011
St. Martin Parish
St. Martin Parish Council Chambers
301 West Port St.
St. Martinville LA 70582
The public may make comments at the public hearing regarding projects proposed for inclusion in the FY2013 Annual Basin Plan. For additional information or directions to these meetings please contact Dana Naquin at 225.342.6437.
Public Meeting information can also be viewed on the Atchafalaya Basin calendar here: http://dnr.louisiana.gov/index.cfm?md=pagebuilder&tmp=home&pid=490&pnid=273&nid=277 or the DNR calendar here: http://dnr.louisiana.gov/index.cfm?md=calendar&tmp=home.
2011 Atchafalaya Basin Sweep:
Over 200 volunteers from the Evangeline Area Council of the Boys Scouts and their families from across the Acadiana area descended upon the Atchafalaya Welcome Center in Butte LaRose and at several boat ramp locations throughout the Atchafalaya Basin to remove litter and trash on Saturday, November 5th during the 2nd Annual Basin Sweep. The Basin Sweep Event was organized by the Evangeline Area Council of the Boys Scouts and completed in partnership with local governments, several state agencies, and the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR). An estimated 44,000 pounds of trash was collected and removed from the environment through everyone's efforts on this day - contributing to a combined total of approximately 89,000 pounds collected throughout the two "sweep" events that have been held to date. Click here to view pictures from the event.
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.
Data is for 11/10/2011
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 16.1' by 11/14
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 22.3' by 11/14
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 8.4' by 11/14
Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 41'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 5.6' by 11/14
Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 37'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 5.3' by 11/14
Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 25'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 4.4' by 11/14
Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW
Flood Stage: 12'
Forecast: expect to RISE at 2.9' by 11/14
Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 2.7' by 11/14
Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 4'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 2.7' by 11/14
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
NA - Equipment malfunction
Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson