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Atchafalaya Basin Bulletin

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LDWF: Additional Source for Black Bear Information Now Available
Teche Today: Students stock Atchafalaya Basin with paddlefish they raised
KATC: Holy Week crawfish supply should satisfy demand
Post South: Derelict Crab Trap Rodeo removes more than 1,000
The Daily Iberian: Boat show one of highlights of bear festival
The Advertiser: Vermilionville event focuses on protecting our rivers
LA Sportsman: LDWF investigating allowing recreational hunters to serve as helicopter gunners to help reduce feral hog population
The Daily Iberian: 'Catch of the day'
La Sportsman: Forage plantings critical for deer
The Advocate: CODOFIL to focus more on more school to work
 Save the Date
Vermilionville: Les Mains Guidées - Indian Lore on April 15 th
Pack and Paddle: How to Sight Fish Reds Seminar April 15th
Belgian Confederate Gen. Prince Polignac: A Lecture in New Roads on April 16th
Semaine Française d'Arnaudville, April 18-23 cultural economy summit, developed with the assistance of the French Consulate in New Orleans
Pack & Paddle: Paddle at Two O'clock Bayou on April 19th
Pack & Paddle: 'Pre-Festival' Evening Paddle at Lake Martin on April 23 
Cycle Zydeco on April 24th
29th Annual Etouffee Festival at Arnaudville on April 25th
Bushman Craft at Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site, St. Martinville on April 26th
10th Annual Step Outside Day on May 10th

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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 4/15/2014



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: 42.1'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 37.8' by 4/19

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: 45.2'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 46.7' by 4/19

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge
Flood Stage: 35'
Stage: 29.3'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 30.5' by 4/19

Mississippi River at New Orleans
Flood Stage: 17'
Stage: 10.8'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 11.6' by 4/19


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: 26.25'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 27.6' by 4/19

Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 41'
Stage: 19.82'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 21.3' by 4/19

Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 37'
Stage: 17.6'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 19.2' by 4/19

Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 25'
Stage: 12.55'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 13.5' by 4/19

Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW
Flood Stage: 12'
Stage: 5.8'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 6.8' by 4/19

Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Stage: 7.69'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 8.1' by 4/19

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 4'
Stage: 3.63'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 4.6' by 4/19
NOTE: Gauge reading affected by ocean tides.

Murphy Lake near Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 11.51'

Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 6.38'

Bayou Courtableau
Stage: 18.00'

Buffalo Cove at Round Island
Stage: 8.43'

Arm of Grand Lake near Crook Chene
Stage: 10.13'

Middle Fork, Bayou Long
Stage: 4.70'

Pontoon Bridge at Butte Larose
Stage: 8.07'

Bayou Darby at Fausse Pt. Cut
Stage: 14.99'

Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson
Stage: 11.82'


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