Department of Natural Resources
Atchafalaya Basin Bulletin

Greetings from the Department of Natural Resources Atchafalaya Basin Program!



LDWF: USGS Study Looks at Louisiana Black Bear Population
The Advertiser: Acadiana People: New book explores man behind Lafayette's murals
The Daily Iberian: Some disagree with DOTD Decision to Remove 13 oak trees
Louisiana Sportsman: A kayak makes it easy to combine duck hunting and fishing
Times-Picayune: New watchdog report says climate change threatens government flood and crop insurance programs

Save the Date:

Spanish Festival Exhibit, Nov. 14-30 at the Bayou Teche Museum, 131 East Main Street, New Iberia
Bushcraft, Nov 22 from 9-10 am at Longfellow-Evangeline State Historic Site in St. Martinville
1st Annual Black Friday Protest Paddle, Nov. 28 from 8 am - 12 pm at Lake Martin
Prehistoric Mounds Tour, Nov. 29 from 10 am - 12 pm at Marksville State Historic Site
Al Berard Music Festival, Nov. 29 from 10 am to 11:30 pm at Hendry Guidry Memorial Park in Henderson
Novice Canoe/Kayak Lesson & Guided Paddle Trip, Saturday Nov. 29 and Dec. 13 from 8:30 - 11:30 am at Vermilionville
Rendez Vous des Cajuns, live-audience radio show every Saturday in Nov at 6 pm, Liberty Center in Eunice
Southern Atchafalaya Eagle Paddle, Dec 6 in Morgan City, reservation required
Kids' Night Out at the Swamp, Dec 12 from 6-10 pm at Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center in Baton Rouge
Holiday Events in Cajun Country:
Thanksgiving Eve with Geno Delafose, Wed. Nov 26 at 7:30 pm at the Vermilllionville Performance Center
Christmas Open House and Parade, Nov. 29-30 from 10 am - 4 pm in Breaux Bridge
Le Grand Noël, Nov. 29 from 5-8 pm in Grand Coteau -- Shops will be open late with candlelit streets and horse-drawn carriage rides
Sounds of the Season, Nov. 30 -- Acadiana Symphony Orchestra gives its annual holiday performance at St. Peters Catholic Church in New Iberia
Delcambre Christmas Boat Parade, Dec 13 at 6 pm at the Delcambre Locks following a day of festivities
Old Time Christmas, Dec 13 from 10 am - 4 pm in Vermilionville
Festival of the Bonfires, Dec 12-14 in Lutcher
Victorian Christmas at Rip Van Winkle Gardens, Dec 1 - 31 in New Iberia
Christmas on the Cajun Coast, Dec. 1-31in Franklin, Patterson, Berwick and Morgan City

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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 11/20/2014


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'
Stage: 18.9'
24 hour change: +1.9'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 19.1' by 11/25

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: 24.4'
24 hour change: +0.3'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 22.8' by 11/25

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge
Flood Stage: 35'
Stage: 10.7'
24 hour change +0.4'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 9.6' by 11/25

Mississippi River at New Orleans
Flood Stage: 17'
Stage: 3.0'
24 hour change: +0.4'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 3.1' by 11/25

Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 34'
Stage: 6.1'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 5.3' by 11/25

Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 29'
Stage: 5.4'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 4.8' by 11/25

Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 20'
Stage: 4.1'

Forecast: expect to RISE to 4.4' by 11/25
Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW
Flood Stage: 12'
Stage: 3.3'
Forecast: expect to FALL to 3.0' by 11/25

Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Stage: 3.0'
Forecast: expect to REMAIN at 3.0' through 11/25

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 6'
Stage: 1.7'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 2.1' by 11/25

Murphy Lake near Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 8.81'

Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 5.38'

Bayou Courtableau
Stage: 18.70'

Buffalo Cove at Round Island
Stage: 3.46'

Middle Fork, Bayou Long
Stage: 2.36'

Arm of Grand Lake near Crook Chene
Stage: 6.26'

Bayou Darby at Fausse Pt. Cut
Stage: 10.11'

Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson
Stage: 8.03'




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