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Atchafalaya Basin Bulletin

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Only 6 hats left for the ABP Photo Contest!!! Send in your pictures to claim your prize!
The Advocate: Lake Henderson drawdown planned to combat hydrilla
KATC: Iberia Parish celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week May 3-11
The Daily Iberian: Happy landings are near
Bayou Teche Dispatches: Sur le Teche: Exploring the Bayou by Canoe, Stage 7
The Advertiser: Atchafalaya Voices: Unconventional pet makes an impression
The Daily Iberian: Reel Recovery offers free retreat to men with cancer 
LA  Sportsman: Few places get fished more heavily than Bayou Teche, but that's because it always seems to deliver the goods
Vertical Oar: SUP in the Bayou
 Save the Date
Semaine Française d'Arnaudville, April 18-23 cultural economy summit, developed with the assistance of the French Consulate in New Orleans
Culture Connection, April 22-23
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
Rise Up and Follow: Great Migration Tour on April 26th in Port Allen
Cajun Jam April 26th at Vermilionville
Les Vues Free Film Series : Promiseland...Stories Untold April 28th at Vermilionville
Wildflower Workshop by Dr. Charles Allen at Pack & Paddle, May 1st
Chapbook Workshop in Arnaudville on May 3-4
Kayak and Canoe Demo Day at Vermilionville, May 3rd
Cajun Jam May 3rd at Vermilionville
Lake Martin Margarita Hike, May 4th
Atchafalaya Trace Commission Meeting, May 7th
Cypress Island Preserve / Lake Martin Hiking Trip, May 9th 
10th Annual Step Outside Day at Sherburne WMA 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 4/22/2014


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: 30.9'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 24.7' by 4/26

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: 48.6'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 47.5' by 4/26

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge
Flood Stage: 35'
Stage: 32.2'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 31.7' by 4/26

Mississippi River at New Orleans
Flood Stage: 17'
Stage: 12.6'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 12.4' by 4/26


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: 29.07'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 28.2' by 4/26

Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 34'
Stage: 22.3'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 21.5' by 4/26

Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 29'
Stage: 19.91'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 19.2' by 4/26

Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 20'
Stage: 14.14'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 13.7' by 4/26

Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW
Flood Stage: 12'
Stage: 7.4'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 7.2' by 4/26

Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Stage: 8.84'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 8.7' by 4/26

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 6'
Stage: 4.27'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 4.1' by 4/26
NOTE: Gauge reading affected by ocean tides.

Murphy Lake near Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 12.46'

Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 5.71'

Bayou Courtableau
Stage: 18.27'

Buffalo Cove at Round Island
Stage: 9.81'

Arm of Grand Lake near Crook Chene
Stage: 11.76'

Middle Fork, Bayou Long
Stage: 5.59'

Pontoon Bridge at Butte Larose
Stage: 8.86'

Bayou Darby at Fausse Pt. Cut
Stage: 16.43'

Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson
Stage: 12.67'



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