Department of Natural Resources
Atchafalaya Basin Bulletin

Greetings from the Department of Natural Resources Atchafalaya Basin Program!



Atchafalaya NHA: National Parks Service approves outdoor recreation plan for Louisiana
The Advertiser: Atchafalaya Voices: New railroad sparked tax debate
Times_Picayune: Season of promise slowing down for Louisiana duck hunters
Science Daily: Protect the world's deltas, experts urge
LDWF: LWFC Hears Ducks Unlimited Update on Breeding Grounds Progress in Canada

Save the Date:

Les Mains Guidées : Traditional Candle Making, Dec 9 from 6-8 pm at Vermilionville
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:
The Wedell-Williams Aviation & Cypress Sawmill 19th Annual Christmas Tree Festival Exhibit and Open House, Dec 9 from 5:30 - 7:30 at the Louisiana State Museum in Patterson at Kemper Williams Park
Eunice Community Concert Band and Choir Christmas Concert, Dec 11 and 12 at 7 pm at the Liberty Center for the Performing Arts in Eunice
French Creole Christmas Celebration, Dec 12 from 3 - 6 pm at Magnolia Mound Plantation in Baton Rouge
City of Patterson Christmas Boat Lighting Parade, Dec 13 at 6 pm starting at Cajun Jack and ending at Bridge Road in the Lower Atchafalaya
Rendez-vous des Cajuns live-audience radio show (Christmas edition), Dec. 13 from 6 - 7:30 pm at the Liberty Theater in Eunice
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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Let us know if you have an upcoming event to promote the Basin!

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 12/9/2014


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: 29.1'
24 hour change: +2.8'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 34.2' by 12/14

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'
Stage: 25.4'
24 hour change: +0.3'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 27.1' by 12/14

Mississippi River at Baton Rouge
Flood Stage: 35'
Stage: 11.6'
24 hour change 0'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 12.7' by 12/14

Mississippi River at New Orleans
Flood Stage: 17'
Stage: 3.7'
24 hour change: 0'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 3.9' by 12/14

Atchafalaya River at Melville
Flood Stage: 34'
Stage: 6.5'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 7.4' by 12/14

Atchafalaya River at Krotz Springs
Flood Stage: 29'
Stage: 5.8'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 6.5' by 12/14

Atchafalaya River above Butte Larose
Flood Stage: 20'
Stage: 4.3'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 4.8' by 12/14

Atchafalaya River at Bayou Sorrell Locks on the GIWW
Flood Stage: 12'
Stage: 3.3'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 3.5' by 12/14

Atchafalaya at Millet (Myette) Point
Flood Stage: 15'
Stage: 3.0'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 3.3' by 12/14

Atchafalaya River at Morgan City
Flood Stage: 6'
Stage: 1.6'
Forecast: expect to RISE to 2.0' by 12/14

Murphy Lake near Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 8.92'

Lower Grand River at Bayou Sorrel
Stage: 5.03'

Bayou Courtableau
Stage: 17.32'

Buffalo Cove at Round Island
Stage: 3.60'

Middle Fork, Bayou Long
Stage: 2.43'

Arm of Grand Lake near Crook Chene
Stage: 6.18'

Bayou Darby at Fausse Pt. Cut
Stage: 10.25'

Lake Pelba at I-10, Henderson
Stage: 8.30'




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