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Atchafalaya Basin Bulletin

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DNR Atchafalaya Basin Program Announces New Primitive Camp Sites





LDWF: Surviving Whooping Crane Euthanized Due to Deteriorating Condition
LDWF: LDWF Reports Record Low for Boating Fatalities in 2013
Tri-Parish Times: Nature enthusiasts flock to Eagle Expo
The Advertiser: Atchafalaya Voices: Paul J. Rainey Wildlife Sanctuary a special stop for the birds
The Washington Post: In Houma, La., the Cajun culture is strong and the French incomprehensible 
LA Sportsman: Warmer temps and phenomenal fishing are in the forecast for south Louisiana 
Teche Today: Who are the Local Legends?
KATC: Texas university to study salvinia
 Save the Date

9th Annual Eagle Expo & More on February 20-22

Pack & Paddle: Morning Paddle at Lake Martin, February 22
Firends of the Atchafalaya Meeting - February 25
Dr. Ray Brassieur discussion of "Herbal Healing Traditions of Southwest Louisiana" at Pennington Biomedical Center in Baton Rouge, LA on February 25
Heartstrings & Angel Wings 6th Annual Gumbo Cookoff, Henderson on March 8th

Longfellow-Evangeline Sauce Piquante Cook-Off, St. Martinville on March 8th

Louisiana Crawfish Producers Association West Annual Meeting March 11
Acadian Memorial Heritage Festival & Wooden Boat Congres, St. Martinville March 15
 Sierra Club Delta Chapter retreat at Cypremort Point State Park, March 21 - 23, 2014
Top of the Teche is set for April 5th 

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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 2/20/2014

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'
Stage: 22.8'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 26.5' by 2/24

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'
Stage: 38.5'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 32.2' by 2/24

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge
Flood Stage: 35'
Stage: 23.9'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 18.4' by 2/24

Mississippi River at New Orleans
Flood Stage: 17'
Stage: 7.9'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 6.6' by 2/24



 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'
Stage: 21.41'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 18.8' by 2/24

Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 41'
Stage: 16.02'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 13.8' by 2/24

Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 37'
Stage: 14.23'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 12.6' by 2/24

Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 25'
Stage: 10.56'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 9.4' by 2/24

Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW
Flood Stage: 12'
Stage: 6.0'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 5.2' by 2/24

Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Stage: 6.45'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 6.0' by 2/24

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 4'
Stage: 3.16'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 2.9' by 2/24
NOTE: Gauge reading affected by ocean tides.

Murphy Lake near Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 10.65'

Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 6.82'

Bayou Courtableau
Stage: 18.71'

Buffalo Cove at Round Island
Stage: 7.29'

Arm of Grand Lake near Crook Chene
Stage: 9.04'

Middle Fork, Bayou Long
Stage: 3.90'

Pontoon Bridge at Butte Larose
Stage: 8.55'

Bayou Darby at Fausse Pt. Cut
Stage: 14.16'

Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson
Stage: 12.61'


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